Unhappy People Watch the World Go By: Be a “do-er” not a “watcher.”
A new study conducted by the University of Maryland’s John Robinson focused on identifying what activities self-described happy people engage in. To do this, they investigated the responses of 45,000 Americans who have responded to 35 years of the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. They also looked at “time diary” studies which recorded the activities of the survey’s participants. Robinson and his colleagues determined that watching television was the one activity that was less common among happy people and more common among unhappy people. The question still remains – do unhappy people watch television because they are unhappy or does watching television cause them unhappiness? Are unhappy people bound to feel happier once they stop being glued to the set? How much of unhappiness is nature and how much is nurture? Experiment for yourself! Let us know what happens.