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Want to be happier? Turn off the TV


It could be that most of what is on TV is bad news or it could be that without the Television as a distraction, you're more likely to be out in the world socializing, which leads to greater happiness.

The New York Times reports on a recent study that "identifies the activities that happy people engage in" Link/goPBC63fqCnw

Shared by VictoriaB on 11/24/08

Some years ago I backpacked around North America for two months I never read a newspaper or watched the news I was totally oblivious to what was going on in the world and didn't even effect me in anyway - so I hardly watch the news / current affairs or similar - just movies, sitcoms, etc.
I get a lot more done, and get out a lot more.


Interesting article. I don't watch much TV, really only The Office, which makes me super happy because I'm laughing the whole time! Well, and football because I'm a diehard fan. But all other times I'd much rather be out in the world doing other things.

  • By aliciak
  • on 11/27/08 10:22 AM EST

Great article....I noticed that I was watching a little too much TV so I decided to get out of the house and visit with family which I didn't used to do. I have found that the very act of getting out of the house actually makes me feel better and more energetic. I think if everyone turned off their TV's and decided to take a walk or go to the park instead, they would be less focused on what the television is saying and more focused on what the world is telling us....LIVE LIFE!!!!


I agree, can you image how much more could be accomplished in a day, if we did not watch so much TV. I am guilty of it myself; which is a work in progress. It is the TV, cell phones and internet that cause the world to become less sociable. I realize when I read a book, completed some projects etc. I felt much better. It is a bad habit that takes detemination to change. I felt better that was able to get more done than just being a coach potatoe.


Both are so true! I don't watch a ton of TV, and I'm definitely more engaged without it. I do love one or two shows and I enjoy movies, but not getting sucked in night after night has advantages for happiness, as well as health!

  • By Kiki76
  • on 11/24/08 2:33 PM EST