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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Who's game?

After watching the Happy documentary, I've been mulling over the idea of happiness. One evening, I was reading a magazine, and a single quote gave me a lightbulb moment...

"Happiness isn't being cheerful all the time," says John Sharp, a psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School. "It's being interested in things—finding out more about something, learning how to appreciate something better, incorporating something new that fits with what you already have."

So! Inspired, I decided to have more everyday adventures this fall. Then I wondered if I should make it a new series on the blog, since it's more fun to do things as a group. Would you want to join me?

How it would work: Each week, I'll issue a single challenge. (Think: learn to tell a great joke, write a handwritten letter, go see a movie by yourself.) The following week, we'll regroup and share our experiences! What do you think?!

The challenge for this week, should you choose to accept it, could be to not watch TV for a week. (Or, at least, cut way back.) And see what surprising things unfold in your life...

Thoughts? Are you in? Does this sound fun to you? Fingers crossed, I really hope so!!!

P.S. The no-complaining challenge...

(Photo by Christine Carreira. Graphic design by Rachel for Cup of Jo)

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Erin said...

I love this. Secretly, I adore going to movies alone.

Lorri Baker said...

I love this idea! I am totally in. I love fall and doing all the fun things associated with it. Although I do love the fall tv shows...so I'm not sure I can give up a whole week of tv this fall!

tiffany said...

The problem with this is that I'll just watch twice as much next week to catch up on my shows! But I'm really in to the idea of a weekly challenge!

ohseems said...

Oh, that's tough. I have a horrbile habit of watching tv (catching up on shows) while I eat. Next weeks challenge, perhaps?

InnerOuterBeauty said...

Totally in, my whole life and blog as well goes around finding your own happiness! Be your own best friend has become a motto for me, it works in many areas of life...
I have cut back on TV already, although I LOVE some shows and those I appreciate so much more and look forward to! (e.g Downton Abbey...)
Caroline

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

Love this idea, Jo! I'm definitely in. It'll give me a kick in the butt to get out there and try different things.

Laura said...

Love this idea! I watch wayyyy too much real housewives, I need to get out more!! haha. Watched "Happy" this weekend too, after seeing it on your blog. Loved it. Keep the good suggestions coming. :)

Angie said...

LOVE!

Jessica Thiessen said...

Haha! I might be cheating by participating in this one. We haven't had cable in our 4 years of marriage and aren't getting it anytime soon. We have never missed it. Sometimes we'll watch shows online but that's about it. If this encourages any participants at all: you will LOVE it! And if you're itching to sit on a couch and relax, pick up an easy and good book instead. Have fun!

Abbie said...

Totally in!! My husband and I cut the cord last spring (got rid of cable) and got a roku box so now we only watch hulu, netflix, amazon, and hbogo. Far from a tv-less life, but no bravo, no HGTV, no background noise. We have to consciously decide to put on EVERY program we watch, so the 24 hour law & order marathons that we used to love are a thing of the past. It's been so helpful to keep us engaged and involved with our 10 month old little boy!

Jamie said...

First. I love that quote! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Second. I am in!

Third. No TV for a week - starts now!


www.extrajamplease.blogspot.com

this new(man) life said...

Totally in! I will give it a shot!

Kate Harvey said...

I love this idea! Although we don't own a TV (intentionally) so this first challenge will be a cinch for me :)

Lou Archell said...

HURRAH! I have always said this... my husband suffers with depression and I am always telling him the key to life is interests, adventures and collaborations. x

katieleigh said...

I love this idea! I'm not a big TV watcher, but I love the idea of fall challenges. I'm in!

Megan said...

OK, you and Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere wrote about this on the same day--I think that's a sign that I need to watch this documentary. :)

Megan said...

I'm in! Have you read The Happiness Project, or Happier at Home? They were both full of info on the science behind happiness as well as the most basic, day to day "how can I spend my days better" kind of thing. Highly recommended! :)

Courtney said...

I LOVE this idea! I have been reading at night when I get home from work/yoga instead of TV so I like the idea of not watching for a whole week! Great idea. :)

Lady Boom said...

I rarely watch tv.... (only for like 10 minutes at night while I'm on the web) and I don't feel like I'm missing out at all! In fact, I find it quite sad when so many people allude to television shows and actors in their conversation...ugh!

Rachael said...

I need to do this. I work from home 3-4 days a week, and it is way too easy to just have the TV on in the background ALL DAY LONG (which really isn't a healthy habit). Challenge accepted!

Brittany Korb said...

I like it!

Lindsay said...

I don't own a television, so I only watch TV when I go to the gym. I can certainly just stick to my ipod for a week. :)

Bethany said...

Since my husband and I got married and moved into our apartment 3 years ago, we have never been able to afford cable. We don't have netflix, either. So I hardly ever watch TV unless I'm at my parents' house, although we rent movies frequently from redbox or watch the occasional Gilmore Girls rerun on DVD. It has been so freeing to let go of veggie in front of the TV, that I honestly don't know that I would want cable even if we could afford it. It's such a time-suck! I'd rather read a book or write. I feel like TV, at least for me, steals my motivation to think creatively or be physically active.

Kim Gadbois said...

Love this idea. I think it will be a great way to combat the fall blues.

Hope this will make me try new things and I look forward to sharing them with everybody

Yay!

Anne said...

I love this idea of fall challenges! Count me in!

Sorren said...

oh gosh! I am definitely not going to be able to stick to this one BUT I will try to cut back... OR, at the very least, complete other things that matter more BEFORE watching TV!

Danhiskka said...

Not this week! please? haven´t you seen the teaser for the next Homeland episode?

Amy P said...

I love this! My husband thinks I should be cheerful all the time, but in reality I'm quite content despite not always being 'giddy'. I'm constantly exploring nutrition and recipes and new ways to do the things I've always done in the kitchen. I enjoy finding new sewing projects and teaching myself new skills in those areas. So I would say I'm quite happy!
We really enjoy watching a couple shows together each week (we don't share many other hobbies), but I'd be happy to cut any extraneous TV. Especially the kids shows that tend to be in the background during the day...

LK said...

This sounds great! I always try to challenge myself to do things like this, but I often forget or give up. I love that a group of people around the country (and world) will be in on it too! Can't wait!

Taylor K said...

Whoa! I love this idea. Way to just nail us with no TV for a week! Ha!

andreya1 said...

I love it. I recently moved, and when I did, I left my tv with my old roommate. Its been so nice to not watch it. I read more, listen to records or the radio (sidenote: I'm mildly obsessed with NPR), and have more time. Its fantastic. I look forward to the next challenge! Great idea.

innocentbones said...

Sounds so charming - I'm in!!

Lizzy Lee said...

love this idea! so does this start today? do the challenges go thursday to thursday? Sorry, it's just if I'm going to do a challenge i want to do it right :-)

cp said...

My husband and my wedding anniversary was yesterday; we use this day as our 'new year's resolution' day. Granted, it's only been two years, but we've decided to focus this year on 'doing more'. I have a 9 month old, and suddenly having that 'me time' stripped (happily, mind you) I'm learning to refocus on what is important. I'm in!

JessieRutland said...

Sounds like a fun fall challenge. Count me in.

trinaenriquez said...

After your "10 Best Documentaries" post, I went out and borrowed Born Rich and Happy from the library. (No Netflix for me--yet.:) It's interesting to watch them back to back, with Born Rich first.

And I love everyday adventures. I try to make it a point to take a new (or at least different) work to or from work, or order a new menu item, or some other small thing like that every day. Changes things up and keeps 'em interesting. Plus it just helps me get to know my area better.

Valentine said...

I'll start after the VP debate tonight! ;) haha

els said...

I love this idea! You've often talked about beating the winter/cold weather blues, and I think this is a great thing to do that would help. I'd definitely be for it.

Betsy said...

I'm on board! Just what the doctor ordered, I think.

Marissa said...

Totally in! I only watch about 1 hour of TV a week already (who has the time?), so maybe I'll do the no complaining challenge this week :)

Catie said...

I love it! Count me in.

Jaime said...

This is a great idea! I've done this before and it amazes me what else ends up filling up my time:-)

nicole reed said...

I'm SO in! I also already don't have any cable :]

groovyjen said...

This sounds like so much fun. I'm in! This first challenge will be easy as we don't have tv in our house. We have television sets with dvd players hooked up to them, but we don't have cable or anything. So I will not watch any dvds for a week, and no shows online either. Love the idea of weekly challenges!

Carol said...

If I find that I am watching something and realize I am not getting something real out of it, I turn it off. In other words, if I suddenly think "Why am I watching this?"

Another good idea is not to watch TV right before bed. Make some time before bed for more calming activities like a soak in the tub or some meditation. Watching TV from bed is a no-no!

I find if you fail to watch a few episodes of shows you think you are addicted to, you'll find once you break the habit they aren't really that great anyway and you didn't miss them much.

megnslifenow said...

Love this idea, I'm always up for a challenge that causes me to be more intentional with how I spend my time. I don't watch a lot of tv right now because I find that I end spending time mindlessly watching things when I would rather be reading, creating, being outside, spending time alone, or with people. This will be fun!

Paula said...

I'm in!! Great idea!! :)

Jody said...

This sounds great! I always love it when you post about going to the movies alone. With three little kiddos and a full time job, "me" time is so limited. It's so nice to escape into a theater and focus on something for a couple of hours without being interrupted by someone else's needs.

I'm sure your challenges are going to be so smart and fun. I'm in!

Janssen said...

I love this! What a great great challenge.

Sarah Rall said...

I'm in! Although this first one is a bit too easy since I don't have a TV :)

Marie said...

Hi Joanna! I am following your blog for quite some time now, never commented, except for yesterday...I feel pretty much down and blue nowadays, but this post and this idea that we should discuss our achievements as well made me cheer up!! Just moved to Canada from Europe so I have no friends here yet...you will be my imaginary friend from now on...:))

woolly said...

that's an easy one for me ;) - we don't have a TV.
i prefer reading or listening to some music than watching all this boring non-sense.
i love knitting and crafting... so there is no time for tv.

Cassandra said...

I'm game!
Not watching TV will be hard (I do love being caught up in dramas and fantasies) but it'll be interesting to see how it'll affect my life. Looking forward to the next challenge!
Greetings from Germany, Berlin :)

Samantha Sawyer said...

I'm totally in!! I love this type of thing, so great idea! Luckily for me this week is easy because I'm in college and don't have a TV:)

xoxo

Sara said...

I'm totally in!

Pen said...

The no TV for a week challenge (or at most an hour a day- maybe) sounds like one I definitely need to try. I tend to use it as a way to unwind at the end of the day, but there's really so many other things I could do. Good idea!

Stargazer said...

tomorrow i'll be moving into an apartment where I can't get a tv connection for a couple of months, or an internet connection (where I stream all the US shows.. so this is definitely going to be a week of reading lots of books for me!
I'm in!!

Amy said...

I'm in! I'm not a tv watcher (mainly because we don't have cable) and the two years of not having it has been lovely. I read lots more! I'm up for your other challenges!!!

Ilenia Martini said...

it sounds so good! I like the challenge spirit!

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

you've mentioned the happy documentary a lot! i'm gonna have to NOT do the challenge, and watch that documentary :P ...THEN i'll jump in :)

Anne Marie said...

Love it! I am going to cut back on my television use just as soon as a finish watching the "Happy" documentary today :)

LeeLee said...

This is great. Challenge accepted. :)

myheartscontentblog.com said...

I'm in!!!

Helena said...

I just yelled a loud "FUN!" after reading this post.

Rachel Tiller said...

Absolutely NOT in - I would love a challenge that challenged me to DO something - not to GIVE UP something. TV is something we watch as a family on certain nights, and hubby and I have date nights with Sons of @Anarchy and Homeland - and these are moments that make me HAPPY!

AVY said...

Happiness is overrated, I'd much rather live.

/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

V. said...

This sounds like fun!! I'm all in :)

Mai Lowe said...

My hubby and I actually don't own a TV and haven't in years. So this challenge feels like cheating to me, but I'm definitely in :).

karen said...

I loved the Happy documentary. Especially because they featured the Cajuns (The Blanchard Family) as some of the happiest people! As a native of South Louisiana I was so proud we were thought of as such a happy group.

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

Love it. I am in!

We just watched the Happy movie as well - loved it. Simple things make people so happy, I felt it was something we should all appreciate more often. The little things. ~ Denise, Chez Us

Jen said...

I'm in! I need to cut back!

Tara said...

So glad you're doing this! I just watched that documentary a few weeks ago and actually talked to my husband last night about trying to go one night a week without cellphones, ipads or tv!Pathetic I know, but one night will be a big deal and a great start for us! Can't wait to hear what you and other readers do!

Tara
taraandris.com

aubs and ems said...

I'm in! But I'm only doing this because I like you! TV is like my best friend next to my husband so this will be a CHALLENGE!! When are we starting? Today? oh boy! Good luck to all!

Kendra said...

I'm in because I don't have a tv!

cora d said...

I was with you until you asked me to watch less TV. Actually, this week, it'll probably happen without me even trying. So, I'm in! Thank you - great idea.

nic said...

I'm in! we've actually talked about cutting back on tv, as well as being more purposeful at spending time just being together. Sounds like a cool project:)

lauren @ balue said...

I would LOVE to take part in this, and collaborate my own blog post on my blog to talk about my experience as well! Great idea, Joanna!

pernambuco said...

there's no TV in my tiny room in Cambridge! (I never had one since I moved out of my parents!) but i'll take the challege of no complaining instead :)

coeur.de.verre said...

i would love to join in with this!! please do this series! wonderful idea :) im looking forward to it <3

fillthewell said...

I'm in. I was just thinking about how much more productive and adventurous I was when I had no TV. The next best thing...turning OFF the TV I have now. Much harder, I think. Thanks for the inspiration

CJ

Kate said...

I'm in too!!

Jenna said...

So in :)

Agnes said...

Great Idea! Sometimes I want to do "something" but I have no idea what?? This way I can use some of your ideas and because I read Cup of Joe for some time already I am sure that those ideas will be inspiring.

major284 said...

I'm in there like swimwear! I don't really watch TV (or the telly, if we're going with Britishisms...), so challenge #1 is an easy one to get started with!

Abby said...

I LOVE this idea! I find that if I don't turn the TV on after getting home from work I get so much more done!

plauschinat said...

I love the idea....but dont think I can do this first one. Football season is only once a year and is a major bonding activity for my husband and me :)

dc said...

Don't watch TV but we're staying in a hotel one night this weekend and I vow not to watch the TV. Of course, since we're attending the Great American Beer Festival I probably won't be spending much time in the room anyway!

Sparkling Ruby said...

Easy Breezy, I hardly turn the thing on anymore-only to watch Parenthood! But I really want to try the "no complaining" challenge...I think it would totally revolutionize my day : ) Going to start right now!

Katie said...

right on!

Colene said...

Sounds super duper fun! I'm about to email a group of my girlfriends to see if we could all do it together and then email during the week to discuss. It's a great way to have a challenge, and stay connected with friends! :)

Ivana said...

Yes! I would totally do this. It sounds fun!

nançoise said...

In!

Rachel said...

Oh, I am in!

Eleise Hinton said...

Never watch it anyways...I'm in college! One exception? Downton Abbey!!!

Olga Galchenko said...

Ha! I'm in. I don't have cable, but I watch Netflix occasionally. Was really looking forward to watching the Happy documentary you recommended, but I can wait until next week!

Can't wait for other challenges!

slip4 said...

Count me in! Except I will be starting next week. I don't watch much TV, but what I do watch makes me happy so I don't think I will skip it :)

BlancaBB said...

I think it's a great idea! I only watch TV in the night while I am waiting my husband... Really I don't watch TV, I turn it on because I don't want to feel alone! Usually, while I am "watching" TV I study...

Samantha said...

This is just the thing I have been looking for! I was thinking how simple little things everyday can really spruce up life, even just ordering a new type of coffee, or changing your route to work.

Samantha said...

This is just the thing I have been looking for! I was thinking how simple little things everyday can really spruce up life, even just ordering a new type of coffee, or changing your route to work.

meredith said...

Since I don't watch tv, I'm going to give up listening to music for the week!

DG said...

I will definitely be joining you. I fall under the category of Netflix TV, which means I tell people I don't have cable, but then can watch 3 hours straight of Law and Order. It might be the season from 2004, but alas it is still TV. I think I may add to this challenge getting into bed early. My husband and I like to do this every so often. It is nice to read together, and also gives us some time alone, in bed... wink :)

Benedicte said...

I don't watch tv ; the big challenge for me would be one week without spending time on Internet (I don't speak of work of course, neither the really useful things, I speaf ogf reading blogs, facebook, etc...)

Clementine said...

I love this idea! and loved the documentary!
When I moved to my new apartment, I didn't have a television and had every intention of getting one, but never did when I realized how much not having one changed my life for the better. Television is so ingrained in our lives and culture these days, I think most people turn it on the minute they are bored or lonely, or even just out of habit, without realizing how much they miss out on while they are sucked into endless hours of entertainment.
When I am bored, I have to actually think of something to do, instead of just flipping on a switch, and I have gotten so much done because of that! Books, crossword puzzles, house tasks and, most importantly, SLEEP!!!
But the best part of ditching television is my new found love for radio. Oh NPR/WNYC, how I love you so.

abby said...

i LOVE this idea!

Melanie said...

I'm in! And can't wait to see what comes my way because of that choice!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

I'm game.

Maybe another commenter mentioned this, but the oracle known as Oprah says that we shouldn't focus on being "happy," but instead be "joyful." Happiness is hard for people to pinpoint (the "what makes you happy") question, while joy is more obtainable and easy to define. Sounds good to me!!

JRussell said...

Love this idea! Good thinking on the series, Jo!

laco said...

it's easier than you might think. i haven't had cable in seven years or so and i honestly don't miss it, minus the occasional food network craving. at first you will find yourself thinking you are bored, but you will actually get a lot more done and perhaps not feel quite so sluggish. good luck to you all, i think it's a wonderful experiment.

Jocelyn Pascall said...

Great idea. I know I could watch less TV at night, when I get home late, am tired and uninspired. But, if I put my mind to it, I think it could be great.

Stephanie said...

great idea! i don't miss tv either! stopped watching when i went to college and now i can't stand it. of course, old office episodes still make my husband and i smile.... and the olympics : )

Melody Rowell said...

Love it. Good challenge for me, too. I just relocated to a new city, and watching TV has been my go-to activity, instead of getting out there, making friends, and enjoying my new home!

Reina said...

I don't really watch TV anymore so this isn't hard. Except that I have to watch the Vice Presidential debate tonight. But otherwise, get all my news and watch all the shows online.
Oh, but I do watch the Olympics on TV. LOVE the Olympics.

topoftheworld said...

Aw how fun! A world of possibility could come from this...

Freya Lily said...

I could probably try doing this :) I love a good challenge!

The Slow Pace said...

I'm in! But I have to admit that since I live in Germany but don't understand a word... stop watching TV isn't a challenge at all! ;-)

www.theslowpace.wordpress.com

{Monika} said...

I'm in :) Great idea :)) Looking forward to next week challenge already :0)

Jessie Ammons said...

I was just thinking about goal-setting this morning, and how I need to be better at it ... this is a fun mini-version! I'm passing on the first challenge, though, because I'm actually making a commitment to watch more tv. Weird but true - I'm not a big tv-er and I really want to keep up with a few choice shows!

Catch ya next week ;)

Kim said...

I'm in! Love this idea.

Carlyn said...

As a student I find I watch far too much TV. Such a good challenge for next week, midterms and all haha But it is also a great time to enjoy the outdoors :)

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So R. said...

i do have to ask if watching movies count? i dont have cable so i rarely watch tv but i watch movies all the time... i always wonder if that counts as tv. i could even live without facebook (done it for like 5 months) but if you do the mirror fast as a challenge def count me in, that would be a hard (but necessary) for me.
ps. you are awesome!

The Whip said...

i'm in!

.chelle. said...

I'm already doing no tv week! I find that taping a sign on the tv helps me remember not to turn it on. So much more free time and your own thoughts! Looking forward to other ideas :)

cmgusta said...

This sounds so wonderful and just made my blue day so much better!!! I am in!

Alaina said...

I am in. Does the New Girl and the Mindy Project count as TV? ;)

brittney elizabeth said...

Fantastic plan. The quote in your post about "what happiness is" is exactly my view on it as well. This is perfect.

nattu said...

Great Idea Jo!

Omi said...

I haven't had tv for over 8 years...however, I am addicted to BBCiplayer so I will struggle with this. Can I still listen to Radio 4!!
I am interested to see how my week changes. This is a great series.

hello.agi said...

I am in :)
But this is week is just too easy, we have no TV at home :D

Ginger said...

Jo! This is awesome! I really enjoyed Happy as well. Have you seen Enlighten Up? Another good one, but the last 15 minutes are the best part of the entire documentary.
Can't wait to see the other challenges! So, I'm already in the "no TV/cable club" like so many others who posted. Any suggestions for a challenge for us? I might try limiting checking my email to only 1-2 specific scheduled times a day. I get very distracted from important tasks by I'll-just-reply-quickly-to-this-one-message syndrome. :)

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posse said...

i love your post! in an attempt to watch less tv, i think i'll challenge my husband to more backgammon games.

these weekly fall challenges remind me of "the artist's way" by julia cameron. have you read it?

Sera said...

I love this!

Camille said...

Fabulous idea!!! I love adventures!!!

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kati said...

i'm cringing, but i'm in :)

Rachel said...

I'm in! I'll admit, I don't have a tv, so it will be really easy. However...I'll commit to no netflix/hulu!

joyful.mara said...

I'm game! I've been wanting to cut down on TV, so that's a perfect place to start. A few weeks ago I only allowed myself to turn it on between 8pm and 10pm, but I found that was plenty of time. It's amazing to see how creative and inspired we can be without all of the distraction. Looking forward to it!

martini said...

I'm totally in! Though I guess I have to sit this week out, since I don't even have a TV...

Gaby said...

Sounds like a great challenge, although I think I have to make an exception for Homeland since I'm completely obsessed and can't wait a week for the next episode :)

Happenstance said...

I'm definitely going to try. Sounds like fun. When you say "this week" do you mean starting today until next Thursday, the 18th?

Hannah said...

Great idea! Love this.

Charlotte said...

I'm in - except for Downton on Sunday night.

llb said...

Three weeks ago we started TV-free Tuesday. So far it has been wonderful. It is amazing what you can accomplish/do in the time you normally spend watching TV. I would totally recommend it!

Think your new series is a great idea! I'm in!

Sarah said...

I'm all for a challenge, but I just watched the documentary (and loved it-- thanks for the recommendation!) and it seemed to promote challenges and community, like trying to run farther or faster, reading a book you've been wanting to, spending time with a friend who needs it, or volunteering somewhere. I don't see how seeing a movie by yourself fits that definition, but I suppose a week without TV is a step in the right direction!

iheartu said...

Done. I don't own a television. : )

Lauren said...

It's so funny that you would post something like this today as I have been questioning what it means to be happy myself! What a great and reaffirming quote! Love the Fall Challenge idea as well! Thank you!

Amanda S. said...

My husband and I literally made this exact goal last night together after some excessive Downton Abbey indulgence. Sometimes I feel like making goals not to do something makes me want to do it more!

ruthy ann said...

Ironically, I haven't had a tv in over 5 years...last week I bought one since I'm now staying at home with a newborn! lol

gems_k said...

Love it! I'm in =)

julie said...

I love this idea.

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

Im all for it. I need some joy in my life! great post as always

Bean said...

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things-

Henry Ward Beecher

Lexie said...

I challenged myself this week to turn my laptop OFF at 9pm! I don't have a smartphone, so I am cut off from the net at least an hour before bed! It's been great so far!

Ceciel T said...

Perfect-I'm in. Headed to NY for a few days of visiting friends and family and eating (!) so staying away from the tv will be a bit easier than usual. Can't wait for a bagel...no good ones in the Midwest.

fleur_delicious said...

I find the quote about happiness interesting. I'm not sure I entirely agree - I mean, I agree that curiosity and exploration definitely contribute to my happiness - but I also think that happiness is a choice, a philosophical outlook that we cultivate like any other practice (yoga, cleanliness, eating habits, etc.)

dajana, all kinds of lovely said...

I'm in! Plus, challenges help us to grow. (:

wonderjet said...

Love love love it! I'm in all the way!

Aya said...

I'M IN! Love this idea!

Julie said...

IT's a great idea!
but i can't participate in the first topic cause i don't have tv at all hah..
www.yuliamoscow.com

Tara said...

Great idea, Jo! Maybe add try a new recipe or improvise a recipe. Two of my favorite things to do when I am feeling blue are: reading a book aloud in foreign accent or having a solo dance party with the music blasting. Sometimes I like to dress ridiculously, since it helps me get into crazy character.

Anyway... I don't watch TV -- haven't had one for about 5 years, so there isn't much to miss. Sometimes I'm out of the loop when people start talking about the Bachelor or The Voice. What am I really missing though?

I'll take the challenge.

Thank you for writing such a wonderful blog.

Tara

rou said...

I'm in! This is an awesome idea and I am 100% game :)

Shan said...

I love this idea! And I'm so in!

Breanna said...

I love this idea! Totally in! (Also, going to movies by myself has become one of my few treats now that I'm in a city.)

Janelle said...

I'm so in ... for next week's challenge! Haha. We don't watch a lot of TV since we don't have cable. In fact I'm just settling in to stream the new Modern Family now :) I'm excited to see your other challenges.

Shugs said...

Love this idea! Count me in for sure
Samantha
adventuresofsugarwoman.blogspot.hk xx

Liliana said...

Yes, I love it!

Melissa Blake said...

What a coincidence that you should post this! I just started a happiness series on my blog last week all about ways to add happiness and ways to find moments of joy in your life.

Not sure I could go a week without TV, but who knows!! :)

HereBeDragons said...

I love it!
Just yesterday on FB, I asked my friends their favorite recommendations of something to do, see, eat, experience, attend in my city. I've been getting so many great responses! I'm excited to try things I would never have thought of!

Miss Mel said...

Genius idea!

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Sarah (adorenewyork.wordpress.com) said...

My husband and I always talk about giving up TV for a week...This sounds like the time to try it! Fall comes and goes so fast.. It would be great to enjoy during the week and not just on the weekends.

Y said...

I love going to movies in the mornings like a grandma, and don't mind going alone either! And I haven't owned a tv for over three years now since living in NYC so this one should be easy :)

Della Rollins said...

In. Excited for more weekly adventures.

We have no cable as well and it's great (cable free since 2005 - we have a TV that we occasionally hook up to our computer to watch something but it's pretty rare). I found that I go to the library way more often and read instead to fill the time.

I still love television shows and we still download programs to watch sometimes but not nearly as much as when I'd sit in front of the tv mindlessly watching things I didn't even care about. The bonus is also that we we now only watch stuff we really WANT to see so I enjoy it more.

Ramya said...

Joanna, you should read the book The Happiness Project. It was written by the ex-clerk of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. It's kind of what you were talking about- a small steps approach to being happy! It changed my year!

Adelantada said...

In!!!

Renee said...

We haven't watched (much) TV since our son was born in 08, and it has been the best experience of our lives. I can see now that it was an addiction of mine growing up and into early adulthood, and I am so glad that the only times we watch now are the occasional football game with friends or family, or evening netflix dates after the children are asleep. Our sons (almost 4 and almost 2) watch minimal television as well - the 3yo watches an episode of Planet Earth on occasion and the 20mo does not get any screen time. This week I'll challenge myself with less computer screen time while the children are awake to see what unfolds!

Zana Fauzi said...

No problem for me, I haven't watched tv for three weeks!

Living Edie said...

Yes! Yes! Dear god, yes!

Caitlin said...

Love it. Bring it on (and very good idea :)

this new(man) life said...

So... I didn't watch TV tonight and I:
1) reorganized my entire kitchen
2) completely cleaned and restructured our craft/exercise/storage room
3) made pasta with mushrooms in wine and whiskey sauce

I'd say its working so far... Thanks for the challenge!!!
Meredith

Allison McGregor said...

So game! i just watched that documentary as well, and i'm reading the book "The Happiness Project" so i've got happy on the brain! let's do it!

meghan
two leaf clover

Jamie said...

Jo, I love this! My best friend and her husband at 31yrs old left everything they knew and took teaching positions in Liberia with the Peace Corps. No running water, no electricity, lack of proper sanitation and disposal. They left on June 7th and when they left I decided that if they can do without electricity for 2.5yrs, then perhaps I really don't need a new purse, or bracelet, or sweater. I decided to challenge myself to not shop for shoes, accessories, or clothes for a year. 18 weeks and still going strong. It's really opened my eyes about consumerism in this country- and also happiness.

. said...

Brilliant idea Jo. I'm in!
Can't wait to hear how everyone goes!

jenbeth said...

I'm in! My husband and I just moved to NYC this summer and I've been trying to do our own little adventures. But not watching. tV for a week is a great idea.

The Unemployed Brooklynite said...

This is great! I just broke up with my long-term boyfriend and started a Break Up Bucket List (things I want to do in the next year that I wouldn't have done while I was in my last relationship). This will be a great way to incorporate smaller goals into my everyday life along with my larger ones, like a solo trip abroad and yoga teacher training. Thanks! This is right up my alley :)

-Claire

Luli said...

I will have to watch this documentary. Thanks for the tip. I like your weekly Fall challenges. But TV makes me happy so I'm not giving it up. I love watching the news and I just got my next DVD of Downton Abbey from netflix today....but keep us posted on your week sans television.

Kristian said...

This sounds like a great series- though I don't actually watch TV very often anyway.... but I'll be excited to see all of the challenges

PS great idea about the complaint one!

Kim said...

I accept. Starting tomorrow, no tv for a week! Thanks for the motivation!

EDSkeggs said...

I'm IN! My challenge for this week is to go for a short run everyday! And I'll also piggy back on your TV challenge!

D.R. said...

There's a pumpkin festival near the Carousel for All Children this Sunday in Willowbrook Park, Greenbelt, Staten Island, NY. It's kind of old fashioned and simple. Puppet shows too. Greenbelt Conservancy website - sigreenbelt.org

Blippidy Blooped said...

LOVE this idea. i'm in!

Becky said...

Lovely. Yes yes yes!

Scout and Rice said...

No TV for a week, you say? Well, we currently aren't watching TV and my husband is playing his Playstation instead while I blog (lol).

I think the challenge is a great idea. :)

mary {figwittage} said...

I'm in! I love seeing movies by myself ;) I could give up The Today Show and take my kid to the park in the mornings... I would really like that! xx

Clare said...

This sounds wonderful! Must consult with my husband who's just a little addicted to TV. Will also make him watch this documentary with me before starting the challenge.

K said...

I'm in!

Anna said...

Great idea! I just quit my facebook in an effort to be happier. Can't wait to see what the next challenges are. <3

Arielle said...

I love this idea! But Sunday night is Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, and Bob's Burgers... wow, maybe I should cut down on tv. I think I'll do no tv tomorrow and two other days this week. Challenge accepted!

Emily said...

I'm totally in! That is, once the A's are done with the post season, which hopefully will not be the case any time soon! I have noticed, though, that TV is a major detractor of adventures. Let's have some fun this fall!

Elsa said...

I love the idea! I'm in! To be honest this week won't be much of a challenge, I don't watch TV, I have one and it's always disconected. I only have it for when my mom comes to visit and wants to watch her favorite shows. I quit watchingI TV a long time ago, I find it boring most of the time. If I want to see a show, I'll do it online or if I see a channel is National Geographic, but that's it.

Rebecca Frascone said...

totally in. love it.

Mike and Jen said...

can't wait for this challenge series! i'm interested in the no tv thing...but what if its on for your kids? Does that count?

ninaimwunderland.wordpress.com said...

Great idea, I do that all the time! Love it. How about eating VEGAN for a whole week? No meat, no dairy, no eggs, no honey. And watch out for the additives, they might come from animals as well.
That would be fun, wouldn't it?
LOVE and PEACE from Nina

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