This morning, you woke up and made the choice to live a luxurious day. Lately, we’ve been exploring the little habits that make up our life – what we read, watch, hear, and do. Last week, we pondered the books we read – do they make us feel wonderful and refined? This week, I want to talk about the television.
According to the 2014 Nielson report, the American adult aged 24-35 watched 27.5 hours of television per week – that is nearly 25% of our waking hours. If 25% of our life is spent absorbing information from television, we had better make it count.
My initial reaction to 27.5 hours of television per week was horror, especially when I realized I was guilty of it, too. My first request is that we watch less television – MUCH less television! If we only watched one hour of TV per day, what could we do with those other three hours? Read a book, take a walk, bake up a delicious dessert, AND do a load of laundry. Mindless television, in my very humble opinion, is a waste of time. What if we considered good television an indulgence, just like splurging on flowers or buying another cookbook?
My second request is that we make that hour of television quality television. When we read books, the quality and content is less important than the quiet indulgence of reading. With television, the quality and content is paramount to the experience. Think about this – have you ever watched the show Dance Moms? When the end credits rolled, how did it make you feel? Uplifted, inspired, and entertained? Or were you cringing and making a “EUURRRGGHH” sound the entire time?
Television is a visual and auditory experience. We become surrounded and enveloped in television shows. Because of this effect, we need to surround and envelope ourselves with good quality shows. What is quality television? Well, shoot me if you will but it isn’t The Bachelor. Or Real Housewives of Unrealistic Expectations. Or anything with the word Jersey in it. Listen – we all have naughty secret pleasure television shows. Amanda’s is Hart of Dixie. Mine is Say Yes to the Dress. Yours might be Family Guy. These are great for once a week indulgences!
Everyday, we should be choosing shows that inspire us, educate us, or encourage us. The images we are shown stick with us – how many have felt our self esteem plummet after the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? The content we see affects us – don’t tell me you didn’t mourn for six months after Matthew died in Downton Abbey. The television shows we choose to watch have a big effect on us, especially if we are watching them for 25% of our lives.
I have made a big change in my television habits. TV is an indulgence and I make it an experience with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket. These are the shows I keep up with regularly, usually only watching 5-7 hours per week:
Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Scandal, Fixer Upper, House Hunters International, European-based travel documentaries, Mister Selfridge, Upstairs Downstairs, Ladies of London, Say Yes to the Dress, and Outlander
Let us know – what are your favorite TV shows? Which shows inspire, educate, or encourage you in your vie en luxe? Do our TV choices matter, or should we just watch whatever we want?