If you have too much on your plate these days, you might consider yourself fortunate. For those of you bored out of your minds, research shows that your health could suffer.

According to Wikipedia, “Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in the opportunities surrounding them.”

If the highlight of your day is going to the mailbox for the latest fast food coupon circular, or staring at the kitchen clock until Jeopardy is on TV, consider the following article from Jacob E. Osterhout of the New York Daily News.

Fear not, a great way to keep from twiddling your thumbs is to try Funology.com.  At this site, you’ll find jokes, riddles, boredom busters, wacky facts and magic tricks. No yawning allowed! Just have fun.

And here is a bit of Wikipedia trivia: “The first record of the word boredom is in the novel Bleak House by Charles Dickens, written in 1852, in which it appears six times, although the expression to be a bore has been used in the sense of ‘to be tiresome or dull’  since 1768.”

As for this writer: I’m going to visit my local grocery store parking lot and count the number of  out-of-state licence plates. Am I bored this afternoon? Not a chance!