With Netflix, smart phones and an endless Internet, there’s really no excuse for boredom. And yet it’s in that downtime – when we pause to reflect – that we actually grow. Eva Hoffman joins us this hour to talk about the importance of regularly unplugging and disengaging with life, which she writes about in How to be Bored (Picador).
In this photo taken Thursday, July 29, 2010, Gina, a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the U.S. military, joins Staff Sgt. Chris Kench on a sofa at the kennel at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq but months of door-to-door searches and noisy explosions left her cowering and fearful. After she came home to Peterson Air Force Base in June 2009, a military veterinarian diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ed Andrieski/AP Photo