Study: Religious people are less likely to get bored — which makes them less inclined to search for meaning

first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Religiosity is associated with lower levels of proneness to boredom, according to new research published in the scientific journal Emotion.“Studies show that boredom propels people to seek for activities that are more fulfilling; acts that offer a sense of purpose and meaning. It follows that activities or beliefs that people feel gives them a sense of purpose should help to prevent getting bored. Yet, surprisingly, this had never been tested,” said study author Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of King’s College London. “We looked at religiosity because religious people tend to describe their beliefs as offering them a sense of meaning in life. Besides that, religion is of course an incredibly widespread phenomenon worldwide and affects many people. So, we were interested if religiosity, a source of meaning in life for many, might prevent boredom.”center_img Share on Twitter LinkedIn “The research had a secondary, more subtle, but nonetheless interesting purpose: If boredom normally makes people search for new purpose or meaning, then could it be that religiosity, through reducing boredom, indirectly prevents people from doing so?”Across three separate studies, with nearly 1,500 participants in total, the researchers found that religious people tended to feel less bored, which in turn was associated with a lower inclination to search for meaning compared to non-religious people. The participants included Christians, Agnostics, Atheists, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus.Non-religious people who were subjected to a mundane task — transcribing an excerpt about lawn mowing — tended to report higher levels of boredom. They were also more likely than religious people to say they wanted to do something of greater significance.“By reducing boredom, religiosity indirectly tempered the ‘quest’ for meaning,” van Tilburg told PsyPost. “To be clear: this does not mean that religious people do not search for meaning in their lives. Rather, the findings suggests that, counter-intuitively, religious people are less inclined to search for meaningful alternatives in situations where others would feel bored.”Religious people were more likely to perceive life as more meaningful to start with, which was in turn associated with less boredom. “The finding that a seemingly minor, everyday life, and mundane experience as boredom connects two variables of such existential and cultural significance as religiosity and meaning in life is, in our view, profound,” van Tilburg said.“The finding that boredom links these two variables showcases how relevant ‘mundane’ emotions are in people’s quests for making sense of their existence, simultaneously further grounding the psychology religiosity and meaning in ‘mundane’ life and revealing boredom as actor with a more significantly role than it is traditionally given.”But the study includes some caveats.“No single study or even series of studies can fully address complicated phenomena such as religiosity, meaning in life, and boredom. For example, people differ in the way they practice their religion: some may focus particularly on the social and community activities that come with it, whereas others may focus more on using religion as a guide through their lives,” van Tilburg explained.“In our research we have not yet made such important distinction. Could it be that the role of religiosity in reducing boredom depends on how people put their religion in practice? Furthermore, our studies focused mostly (though not exclusively) on Christians. Are there differences across religions? These are questions we have yet to find the answers to.”Previous research conducted by van Tilburg found a link between boredom and political extremism. “Throughout this and our other research we consistently find that boredom offers many surprises. It may seem like a mundane perhaps even trivial unpleasant experience but it turns out that it fulfills important psychological and social roles,” he added. “Boredom ‘wakes us up’ by stirring a desire for challenge and more meaningful activity. It propels people towards activities that they believe offer a sense of purpose and this can lead to a range of unexpected outcomes, including derogation of outsiders, retrieving self-soothing nostalgic memories, and turning to more extreme political views.”The study, “Bored like Hell: Religiosity reduces boredom and tempers the quest for meaning“, was authored by Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg, Eric R. Igou, Paul J. Maher, Andrew B. Moynihan, and Dawn G. Martin.last_img read more

Meeting on Dredged Material Beneficial Use Set for Tomorrow

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and Plaquemines Parish Government are hosting a ceremony on Wednesday, August 6, to recognize the signing of a partnership agreement for initiation of Louisiana Coastal Area Beneficial Use of Dredged Material projects.These projects aim to increase the use of material dredged from the Mississippi River to restore and create important coastal landscape features in Plaquemines Parish. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District’s District Assembly Room A, 7400 Leake Ave, New Orleans, LA.New Orleans District Commander, Col. Richard Hansen, and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser will be on hand to sign the LCA BUDMAT Design Agreement and provide statements on the importance of this partnership. The signing of the LCA BUDMAT Design Agreement initiates the design of the first beneficial use projects and positions the program for construction in 2015, dependent on funding from Congress.The first Plaquemines Parish LCA BUDMAT project will use material dredged from Southwest Pass to restore and create approximately 300 to 600 acres of marsh habitat. This effort will provide valuable habitat for wildlife and fisheries, reduce the loss of important coastal landscapes in Plaquemines Parish, and help sustain the ecosystems of coastal Louisiana.Overall, the LCA BUDMAT program was authorized in WRDA 2007 and aims to use material dredged from federally-maintained waterways throughout the New Orleans District beneficially to create and restore coastal landscape features, such as marshes, ridges and islands. The program can execute beneficial use projects over a ten year period for a total cost of $100 million.[mappress]Press Release, August 5, 2014last_img read more

Emera Kicks Off Maritime Link Project

first_imgThe governments of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera, today participated in a ground-breaking ceremony at the Bottom Brook construction site in Newfoundland and Labrador to recognize the start of construction of the Maritime Link Project.Nova Scotia Energy Minister, Andrew Younger, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Natural Resources, Derrick Dalley, and President and CEO of Emera, Chris Huskilson, attended the ground-breaking ceremony, and also signed an Industrial and Employment Benefits agreement for the Maritime Link Project. This agreement is based on the terms outlined by the interprovincial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed by the provinces in late 2011.“This project creates an important link in our region, bringing clean, renewable energy to Nova Scotia, as well as local economic opportunities,” said Minister Younger. “We’re already seeing a number of Nova Scotia companies actively working on this significant infrastructure project with even more opportunities coming as the project ramps up next year.”With a total estimated cost of $1.577 billion, the Maritime Link Project is expected to create an average of 300 jobs per year between both provinces during the construction period. Employment is expected to peak at 600 in 2016. Approximately 200 people are currently working on the project between provinces and local companies in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador are working on a number of aspects of the project.“Today represents another important milestone for the Lower Churchill Project,” said Minister Dalley. “This agreement ensures significant benefits for the people and businesses of our province and the region. With this agreement now finalized, benefits during the construction phase of the Maritime Link Project are secured for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”The agreement includes commitments to the following:– Equal opportunities for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador businesses and residents;– A fair, open and transparent procurement and contracting process for suppliers and contractors in both provinces;– Funding for training and development positions that align with the specialized nature of the Maritime Link Project;– Educational sponsorships to be allocated between universities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to support Maritime Link related technologies;– Tracking and reporting updates of data related to economic and employment benefits for both provinces.“Today’s agreement ensures that businesses and residents in both provinces are treated equally and fairly when it comes to economic opportunities resulting from the Maritime Link Project,” said Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera. “To date more than $100 million has been awarded to local companies in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and we are just getting started.”The Maritime Link involves the construction and operation of a new 500 megawatt (MW) (+/- 200 kilovolt) HVdc (high-voltage direct current) line, as well as a 230 kV HVac (high-voltage alternating current) transmission line and associated infrastructure, between Granite Canal, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Woodbine, Nova Scotia. The Project will also include two 170 kilometre (km) subsea cables across the Cabot Strait, close to 50 km of overland transmission in Nova Scotia and nearly 300 km of overland transmission on the island of Newfoundland.last_img read more

Dominica concerned about land degradation

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica concerned about land degradation by: Dominica Vibes News – January 25, 2017 Share Share 414 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Photo credit: Evergreen AgricultureDominica has initiated the process towards to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s call for action on land degradation neutrality.Land degradation neutrality is a clear and straightforward target that responds to the immediate challenge, that is, how do we sustainably intensify the production of food, fuel, and fiber to meet future demand without the further degradation of our finite land resource base.According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the impact of land degradation affects the sustainability of the entire world and so a global effort is needed.Land resources, soil, water and biodiversity, are the foundation upon which societies and economies grow and prosper.“You know land is something that we need to pay attention to; of all the environmental concerns that the United Nations has put out, for us in our condition, we think that we cannot neglect the land. The land, for us, is too important, for [us to] neglect,” director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit, Lloyd Pascal said.Pascal was addressing participants of an inception workshop on national target setting to achieve land degradation neutrality at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday 23 January 2017.“Even [if] you talk about climate change and global warming and all the rains and all the winds and so on, but when it comes down to it, all what we are trying to do is to make life on earth a better situation for everybody,” Pascal added.Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by a combination of human-induced processes acting upon the land. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or undesirable.“Here we are early in the year but we think that it’s just right to do that kind of response to pay some attention to the land; that’s where we get our food, that’s where we get ourwater, that’s where we get life…and that is what gives us all of that strong inspiration to pay attention to what happens to our land,” Pascal stated.United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification says a global commitment to land degradation neutrality would explicitly recognize the unacceptable costs of inaction, which is, continued land degradation as a result of poor management in terms of food and human security, economic development and environmental sustainability. That commitment would trigger much-needed policy responses that address all three dimensions of sustainable development simultaneously.last_img read more

Indians OF Brandon Guyer Goes Down in the 9th Inning Vs Royals with a Knee Injury

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsBrandon Guyer Matt Loedecenter_img Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer, who has already missed time this year with a neck strain, might be back on the shelf after leaving Tuesday’s game against the Royals with a knee injury suffered in the 9th inning. Brandon Guyer exits tonight’s game in the 9th inning after injuring his knee.— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) July 4, 2018The 32-year-old missed three weeks of action because of a neck strain, and on the season is hitting .157 in 44 games with three homers and 11 RBI.The team already called up one outfielder on Tuesday, as the team summoned Greg Allen back to the big league roster for Lonnie Chisenhall, who went down with another calf injury. last_img read more

MSU’s Road Dawgs 2015 Tour consists of 10 stops

first_imgThe biggest names in Mississippi State athletics will begin traveling across the southeast on May 4 as part of the Road Dawgs 2015 Tour. The tour will consist of 10 stops beginning with Meridian.The annual fan-friendly event is a collaboration by the MSU Bulldog Club, MSU Alumni Association and local alumni chapters. Head coaches Dan Mullen, Ben Howland and Vic Schaefer, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will be touring the region on various dates.Details on each tour stop are below. For more information, visit, May 4: Meridian, Miss., hosted by Lauderdale County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Ben Howland, Manny DiazLocation: Kahlmus Auditorium on MSU-Meridian campusCost: $10 adults, free for kidsRSVP: Fred Monsour (601-693-9571 or, May 7: Grenada, Miss., hosted by Grenada-Montgomery chapterTime: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Scott Stricklin, Manny DiazLocation: Perry Creek Golf Club, 2213 Country Club DriveCost: $20 adults, $10 kids (ages 12 and under)RSVP: Fran Harper (662-417-2481 or, May 11: Olive Branch, Miss., hosted by DeSoto County chapter Time: 11:30 a.m. social and buffet, 12 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Cherokee Valley Golf Club, 6635 Crumpler Blvd.Cost: Free admissionRSVP: Michael Parker (662-895-2000) or Randy Allen (662-892-1645)Monday, May 11: Biloxi, Miss., hosted by Harrison-Stone chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Beau Rivage Pavilion, 875 Beach Blvd.Cost: $15 adults, $5 students (ages 11 to 18, free for kids 10 and underRSVP: Jeff Ellis (228-697-4347 or, May 12: Natchez, Miss., hosted by Adams-Franklin-Wilkinson chapter Time: 11:30 a.m. social and lunch, 12 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Hotel Vue, 130 John R. Junkin DriveCost: $20 per personRSVP: Lou Ann Jordan (601-870-1011 or, May 12: Houston, Texas, hosted by Greater Houston chapter Time: 6 p.m. social & Hors d’oeuvres, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic Schaefer, Scott StricklinLocation: Majestic Metro, 911 Preston StreetCost: $20 per person RSVP, $50 per family RSVP, $25 per person walk up, $50 per family walk upRSVP: houdawgchapter@gmail.comWednesday, May 13: Birmingham, Ala., hosted by Birmingham chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic SchaeferLocation: Hoover Country Club, 3140 Club DriveCost: $35 per person (ages 12 and older), $60 reserved seating, $10 per child (ages 11 and under)RSVP:, secretary@birminghambulldogs.comThursday, May 14: Greenville, Miss., hosted by Washington County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 7 p.m. programSpeakers: Dan Mullen, Vic SchaeferLocation: Greenville Country Club, 2476 Hwy 1Cost: $25 per adult (age 16 or older), $15 per student (age 5 to 15), free for kids 4 and underRSVP: Bill Allen (662-379-3183) or Andy Dixon (662-332-6214) or Mary Claire Glasco (662-344-9031)Monday, May 18: Tupelo, Miss., hosted by Lee County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Ben Howland, Vic Schaefer, Manny Diaz, Scott StricklinLocation: Tupelo Furniture Market, Building #4, 1879 Coley RoadCost: $15 per person, $25 per couple, $5 per child (ages 12 and under)RSVP: Donna McNeece (, May 19: Vicksburg, Miss., hosted by Warren County chapter Time: 6 p.m. social and buffet, 6:30 p.m. programSpeakers: Manny DiazLocation: Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry StreetCost: $13 per personRSVP: Josh McBride ( or 601-618-8452)last_img read more

South Africa, Australia resume battle after tempestuous first Test

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa and Australia resume their battle, while looking to temper hostilities and histrionics, in the second Test of the four-match series at St George’s Park tomorrow, just four days after the visitors won the opener by 118 runs.It was a result that maintained Australia’s long-standing Test dominance on South African soil but was overshadowed by spats both on and off the field that have left the participation of Australian vice-captain David Warner in doubt.The feisty opener is to answer an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge for a staircase scuffle with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after they traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms.Warner faces a level two charge that could see him suspended for the second Test, while South Africa’s de Kock faces a lesser offence.The outcome of the disciplinary proceedings is not likely to be known until the eve of the Test and overshadows the build-up after a good Australian victory at Kingsmead.The bowling of Mitchell Starc and a strong batting performance by the tail in their first innings proved the difference between the sides in Durban, where the wicket was slower than anticipated but made for a gripping contest.Much the same is predicted for Port Elizabeth with Starc ominously warning that Australia’s bowlers could do better.“The reversing ball is going all right this season but there’s maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets,” he said.South Africa were poor in the opening innings but put up a good fight in the second, where they were set a mammoth 417-run chase and fleetingly looked capable of achieving it before their resistance crumbled.“We would have liked to start the series on a positive note. There are quite a bit of learning opportunities for us to take going forward,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.“We will need to take a lot more responsibility with the bat. We didn’t have a great start with the bat but saw great character – from the young guys -which started their series off well.”The 23-year-old Aiden Markram was the only centurion in the Test, his 143 confirming his potential at the top of the order for the home team.last_img read more

Celtic boss believes late win is part of the learning process

first_imgFor Celtic manager Neil Lennon, their late victory over Dunfermline Athletic is part of the learning process for the summer recruits.Celtic FC and Dunfermline Athletic had to go all the way to overtime in order to decide a winner in yesterday’s Scottish League Cup.And thanks to a 114th-minute goal by James Forrest the 1-1 scoreboard ended up being 2-1 in favor of the current league champions.But most importantly for manager Neil Lennon, the game helped his summer recruits get better.“They did fine after a wee bit of a shaky start but they came on to a really good game as the game went on, so that will do them a world of good,” Lennon told Four Four Two.“It’s a test of character sometimes, not just your footballing ability.”Lennon added: “They have seen great nights, they have seen frustrating games. It’s all part of adapting to life here in Glasgow.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Sometimes when you have got that amount of bodies in front of you, you have got to take shots,” Lennon said. “I want them to shoot.”“You saw Gerrard, Lampard, and Scholes score goals from outside the box and I encourage that from my players. Sometimes it’s difficult to play intricately through teams, sometimes a 25-yarder does the job,” he commented.“The goalie made some great saves. I don’t discourage any of my players taking shots, as long as they have the belief that hit they are going to hit the target or work the goalkeeper, because then anything can happen after that.”“Thirty-six shots, we couldn’t have played that badly. I’m not massive on stats but the one stat I do look out for attempts on goal because if that’s roundabout over 20 then you are doing something right,” the manager concluded.Hear the manager’s thoughts on #CELDUN ⬇️— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 17, 2019last_img read more