Too many people say TV is bad for you, that it leads to inactivity and encourages obesity. Some say that it rots the mind of young and old alike. I disagree. I love TV! I’m sure many of you do as well. Although your reasons for liking TV may be different from mine, I’ll give you just a few examples of why I believe TV is good for you.
- Family issues. Some of the reality shows I enjoy watching teach peace and tranquility in the home and help address relationship issues with your spouse and children. Two of my favorites in this area are Shalom in the Home and Nanny 911. As a bonus, even if the shows don’t teach you anything specific, it’ll make you feel better that your family isn’t all that bad!
- Crazy jobs. I enjoy shows that have unusual jobs and make my dull or boring job seem much more tolerable than usual. Favorites are Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs. If you haven’t seen any of these check them out, and then let me know if it doesn’t make your job seem like a cake-walk. (At least for the next week or so.)
- Stress relief. No matter what shows you like; cartoons, sitcoms, or even laughing at the fools on Jackass, watching shows that you find funny helps you relieve tension. One benefit is that when you laugh your muscles relax making you feel less stiff and sore. Some of my favorites are Spongebob Squarepants, The Office, My Name is Earl and Ninja Warrior.
- Home Improvement. Still need a reason to watch TV? How about watching some of the popular home improvement shows. Whether you need organization, decorating tips, or a fix for a leaking faucet, these shows will help guide you into improving your home and putting more order into your life. Who couldn’t use that? Try Decorating Cents, Sell This House, and Flip This House.
So just remember this the next time someone nags you about watching too much TV. Let them know you’re not loafing – you’re improving your life! You can tell them I said so.