When I raised my two children (back in the dark ages!), how often did I say to them, “That’s good. Boredom is good for you.” Obviously in response to a complaint, “Mommy, I’m bored.” They were unhappy with that but I had a good sense about it. Boredom is good for you!
Little did I know that I was ahead of the brain research on this matter! I was gratified to read this report from Great Britain on boredom’s contribution to creativity.