John Robinson, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, published a study that analyzed the activities of happy people. What do happy people do with their time?
The study found that happy people spent time socializing, going to church, visiting others and reading newspapers. And what did they not do? The study found that happy people engaged in one activity less often than unhappy people. Happy people watched less tv.
Surprised? Well no Kate, we read the title of this blog. I wasn’t surprised either. And yet according to the latest Nielsen data, the average television viewer watches more than 151 hours of TV per month or 5 hours a day – an all-time high. Yikes.
Common sense tells me that most people would be happier, if they watched less tv and spent more time strengthing their relationships, and doing whatever it is they’re passionate about. While watching tv is entertaining, it’s hard to imagine someone lying on their death bed thinking – “ya know, I really wish I’d watched more tv.” I binged (the MS version of googled) ‘death bed thoughts’ and found this same sentiment in a post called Deep Death Bed Thoughts (by Stephen Mills):
“Lying on my death bed, I probably won’t remember anything or think about anything from tens of thousands of hours I spent watching TV during my life.”
So true. What do you think? Could happiness be as simple as watching less tv and spending more time socializing? Please leave a Comment.
Speaking of happiness. I enjoy reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen researches happiness and writes about what works and what doesn’t. Her articles are definitely worth reading.
The inspiration for this post came from What Happy People Don’t Do by Roni Caryn Rabin.