This article caught my eye because I was quite skeptical about “what a boring person is” and, “who is this guy to decide what is and isn’t boring?” But, I have to say, the author, Paul Hudson, makes some very good points about what tends to make people interesting and what gets in the way of that for many people.
Ironically, the things that make people interesting tend to also be the things in life that have been shown time and time again by scientific study to raise life satisfaction for individuals in studies. Have a look and see what you think. In my opinion, a life that stretches us beyond our comfort zone of purely safe existence meets that extra life enhancing need of “self-actualization” as Abraham Mazlow would have called it. Self-actualization defined is:
the realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.Wiki page for more info
The potential in personal gas-tank filling that comes from learning, expanding and giving back to the world takes life to a new level. In part this comes from our personal self-evaluation (self-esteem) and the power of believing we have learned and grown through personal challenge. This is truly invaluable in the formation of that always sought after and so often elusive “confidence”.