But hold on, say heart experts. “Someone who is bored may not be motivated to eat well, exercise and have a heart-healthy lifestyle,” says Christopher Cannon, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and spokesman for the American College of Cardiology. “That may make them more likely to have a cardiovascular event.”
Indeed, the study, out of University College London, found that boredom was a symptom of other risky behaviors, including drinking, drugging, overeating, smoking or psychological disorders, such as depression. And, says Dr. Cannon, we’ve long known about the link between depression and heart disease.
But don’t get your panties in a bunch over periodic boredom; that happens to everybody. It’s the chronically affected who need to find ways to, well, kill boredom.