In terms of hours, watching TV is probably the world’s most popular pastime. To make sure that it’s adding to your happiness, try these tips:
- Choose to watch TV! This sounds obvious, but often, we don’t really choose TV, it’s just the easy default activity.
- Use TV as a bridge. If you’re having trouble connecting with someone — your sweetheart or your teenager, say — try joining that person when he or she is watching TV. It’s a way of showing someone that you want his or her company and engaging in a low-key, pleasant, undemanding way.