An interesting medical finding was published in NY Times yesterday:
Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to church and reading newspapers — but they don’t spend a lot of time watching television, a new study finds.
That’s what unhappy people do.
In the past, there was a point that I literally didn’t watch TV for whole six months. But I was unhappy then.
In the last two years, I didn’t watch TV much due to work schedules. But I was happy.
Early this year, my TV time significantly increased during weekend because I realized that I enjoy spending more time at home now. But I’m happy.
I know people who don’t watch TV just because they don’t feel like watching. But they are not too happy.
There are people who invest time on TV viewing no matter how busy they are. And they are happy.
Hence, I don’t agree to viewing a person’s happiness based on the extent of his or her TV time.
It’s like blogging. Usual talk between me and one of my good friends:
Friend: Tigilan mo na nga ‘yang blog blog na yan. Buti may oras ka pang mag blog eh ang busy mo. Natutulog ka pa ba? (At binusisi nya ang detalye ng 24 oras sa buhay ko).
Me: Oo naman. Madali lang naman mag blog. Ilang minutes lang. Pang unwind.
Friend: Anong madali?
Me: Pag gusto mo ang ginagawa mo, madali lang gawin. Mag blog ka rin kaya. Masaya.
Friend: Ayoko nga. Sayang lang ang oras ko.
Me: You’re missing one-fourth of your life.
Friend: Jologs ka talaga, Jo.
Me: Hahaha. Ikaw ang jologs!
Friend: Bakit naman?
Me: Kase wala kang blog. Inggit ka lang!
Friend: Hahaha. Bahala ka nga sa buhay mo.
That’s how real friends talk, ey.
It depends on how you’ll look at it. Happiness is relative. If you spend more time watching TV, it doesn’t mean you’re unhappy. When you’re blogging, it doesn’t mean you’re not busy or you’re jologs. Pursue what makes you happy. As long as it feels right and does not harm anyone, indulge. 🙂