Distraction doesn't make you un-bored; it simply disguises the boredom for a time. That won't do. No, rather, being engaged is where it's at. Fun and creativity and adventures, and perhaps the occasional silliness or craziness. If things are not-so-good lately, perhaps it's because things are boring? Could you do anything to make things less boring? Hmm?
Saw a great quote about this recently:
"If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals."
- Lou Holtz
I think it was Tim Ferriss who said that the opposite of happiness isn't sadness, it's boredom. So to find happiness, look for excitement.
After having some pretty epic adventures all around the world I would like to add one thing though: adventures and excitement alone don't necessarily lead to fulfillment. You have to create a mission for yourself. A higher purpose + adventure = true excitement.
Dive deep into the annals of history. Open the biographies of great statesmen, inventors, industrialists, artists, and leaders.
Is it our strengths that make us?
I think -- not.
Strengths are common. And too often, strengths produce not very much success.
If you've been paying attention to your life activities, you've already noticed that there is a general maxim for activities: if it is easy and entertaining now, it will probably be detrimental in the long run, and if it is hard and boring now, it will help you out down the line. Obviously there are exceptions - playing with a pet is easy and fun, yet has documented positive psychological effects, and doing something like fitting a lightbulb in your mouth doesn't sound fun nor is it easy, but that's not going to do much for the future you.
But those are dramatic, and rare exceptions. Scrolling your Facebook newsfeed, watching your favorite television show, tearing apart a fast food burger. These are all easy to do, and are very fun while you are doing them, but once they are done, you don't have much to show for the effort other than those fleeting moments of entertainment.
Meanwhile, think about writing something, about working out, about doing language grammar drills, or choosing to eat healthy. These are things that are classically difficult and often boring - everyone always tells themselves excuses in order to get out of them. However, after those actions are completed, you always have something to show for your time, be it a blog post, toned abs, or a better understanding of how to conjugate things in Portuguese.
There's the Past, Present, and Future, and the things that feel good in the Present look silly and trivial in the Past. The more work you put into the Present, the brighter the Future becomes. Our minds are just hardwired to seek pleasure not pain, even if the pain is just the monotony of forcing yourself to do something without an immediate payoff.
So how can you buck off your brain's whims and choose to do what's important? It's simple - choose to do the activities which will still matter in one year. One year is a long time - long enough to make you forget all the little silly things you did last year, but not so long as to be unimaginable. You could possibly scale this time period down to as low as 3 months, but the point is to have an interval that is long enough to make you forget the things you did in the day. Let's stick with a year for this example.