30 Activities That Are Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier

We all hate to be bored. We live in the era of FOMO and are constantly looking for ways to keep life exciting. But a lot of the time, we mistake doing nothing as boredom, when truly being bored is actually so much more than that. “Boredom most often results from repetition, routine, and laziness,” says psychologist Vivian Diller. “So any activity that adds novelty and stimulation alleviates boredom.”

“People aren’t struggling with a lack of things to do, but rather too much of things that don’t bring much satisfaction or joy,” says Lindsay Henderson, PsyD, a psychologist who treats patients via telehealth app LiveHealth Online. “[This] is why finding something that brings you happiness is important to all of our lives.”