Boredom has a bad reputation. That empty feeling you get when people, activities, or life itself seems dull isn't all bad. It can awaken you to the need to make changes in your life. Boredom may signal that the friends you spend time with or the activities you do aren't really for you. Or, it may mask more painful emotions, such as anger or fear. Boredom can help you determine what's at the root of your bored feelings--and what you can do to live a more satisfying life.