In terms of hours, watching TV is probably the world's most popular pastime. Among Americans, it's the most common free-time activity - for an average of about five hours a day. It's a source of relaxing fun.
But while television is a good servant, it's a bad master. It can swallow up huge quantities of people's lives, without much happiness bang for the buck.
Here are nine tips for keeping TV-watching a source of happiness:
1. Watch TV with someone else. We enjoy all activities more when we're with other people, and we tend to find things funnier when we're with other people. Use TV as an excuse to get together. Sports TV, awards TV (the Oscars), and competition TV (American Idol, Survivor), in particular, are a lot more fun to watch with other people. In fact, you can even…
2. Use TV as a bridge. If you're having trouble connecting with someone - your sweetheart or your teenager, say -- try joining that person when he or she is watching TV (even if football orRead More »from Too much TV? 9 tips to make tv-watching a source of happiness.