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Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.
Merely alleviating anxiety and stress don’t necessarily lead to better life outcomes. Positive characteristics, such as optimism, vitality, meaning, and subjective life satisfaction are immensely important in their own right and can lead to better cardiovascular health.
Positive thinking by itself does neither help the young nor the old, neither college students to get a better grade nor suitors getting a better date. If anything, it keeps people from moving towards the very outcomes they desire.