I read an article recently in USA today that the average American home has more televisions than people. According to the A.C. Nielsen Company, 95 percent of the U.S. population watches some form of television every day. A.C. Nielsen Company also reported that the average American home has a television on for nearly eight hours a day. The average adult watches nearly five hours of television per day. This adds up to about 6 whole days of television watching a month on average!
When I started reading these statistics, I wasn’t shocked because I understand how prevalent television watching is in American society. I don’t have anything against watching television, but I do see how it takes a lot of time out of life which could be devoted to more meaningful pursuits. I do not own a television and for the most part I am bored with almost everything I watch. I get it—our culture works hard and people are tired and just want to sit on the couch and engage in something mindless for a few hours a day. I have had people look at me with shock when I tell them I do not own a television, for me it is just a preference and I probably would hardly use the damn thing even if I had one. I honestly don’t have any time or desire anymore to sit around and watch television. So I have come up with 50 activities that are soothing to do after a long day, or even a day off…without the big box on. ENJOY!
3. Cook a meal
4. Have a meaningful heartfelt conversation
5. Have a silly laughter-filled conversation
6. Paint—or finger paint!
7. Have a good cry
8. Have a good laugh
9. Take a class—something you always wanted to learn and would feel excited about!
10. Make a plan to change careers, if you’re feeling drained by the one you’re in.
11. Read something inspiring
12. Make your home your sanctuary
13. Find little and big ways to make your home sustainable
14. Garden—anything from flowers, herbs, veggies, just get your hands dirty!
15. Take long walks alone
16. Travel somewhere local you’ve never explored before—e.g. a poetry reading, music event, exotic tea house, cathedral…
17. Focus on your life purpose
18. Call your mama
19. Call your best friend
20. Observe the phases of the moon every night
21. Take long, amazingly healing baths
22. Practice Yoga
23. Practice yoga in the park
24. Practice Yoga naked (especially if you live alone, and especially if you don’t!)
25. Make a gratitude list—from small to big—keep adding to the list every day!
26. Ride your bike without a destination
27. Talk to a stranger and share something meaningful with them
28. Talk to a stranger and make them laugh
29. Leave a flower on a random persons car
30. Make a list of your priorities, and make time for them
31. Fall in Love with someone ❤
32. Listen to someone you think you know like the back of your hand and realize they are still an amazing mystery
33. Write down 50 things you can do without a television
34. Make corny mix cds and dance your ass off
35. Make a mix cd for a person who would least expect it
36. Write out your dreams and start to live them
37. Create a vision for a positive future, and live it.
38. Get your favorite people together and enjoy your community
39. Make love with your partner for hours
40. Get to know and talk to your neighbors
41. Organize a community event
42. Write, journal, muse— A LOT
43. Find a spiritual path and devote more time to that path
44. Get support for an addiction you are ready to let go of
45. Find a swing set and play in the park (alone or with friends!)
46. Make an amends to someone
47. Plan a weekend getaway to a natural wonderland with friends
48. Contemplate your role in our expansive universe
49. Ask meaningful questions, and listen and watch how the answers appear in unexpected ways
50. Tell everyone you love just how much you love them.
These are just a few ideas to rid our lives from television addiction. I invite you to create your own list and watch how your life begins to transform into something exciting, fun, and FULL to overflow with more of YOU! Your life is the best reality show there is beyond your wildest dreams…
By: Rebbeca Norton