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7 Reasons Why People Who Love Watching TV Dramas Are Wonderful

7 Reasons Why People Who Love Watching TV Dramas Are Wonderful

Did your mother ever nag you about watching too much TV? True, it’s not great exercise, but research suggest people who watch TV dramas are actually doing themselves (and their friends) a favor. So the next time you get teased for being a television junkie, use these talking points to silence the critics.

Here are 8 reasons to love people who watch TV dramas.

1. They have more empathy, according to research.

A research study found that people who watched dramas scored higher on a test measuring empathy and social intelligence than people who watched documentaries.

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“…participants were randomly assigned to watch either an award-winning TV drama” (Mad Men, West Wing, The Good Wife, or Lost) “or a TV documentary” (Shark Week, How the Universe Works, NOVA Colosseum, Through the Wormhole).”

The results showed that “participants who viewed a TV drama performed significantly higher on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, which essentially measures social intelligence. These results were published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

2. They always have something new to talk about. And it usually starts with “Oh my gosh!”

It’s funny how one forty-five minute episode can spawn half a dozen conversations. “Did you see…?” “Can you believe…?” “Do you think…?” And I love how many times these conversations take a meaningful turn and lead to a discussion that might have never happened otherwise.

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3. They can communicate effectively with TV-based analogies.

I can barely talk (or write) without using analogies. It’s like Lorelai Gilmore trying to have a conversation with her mother without smarting off. Or The Walking Dead trying to finish an episode without someone getting torn to shreds (after Season 2 anyway). Or Lost trying to wrap up the series without confusing the audience half to death. I know the Lost joke is late to the party, but hey, I wasn’t blogging when that show came out.

4. They’re open to new ideas and perspectives.

Dramas are great at challenging viewers’ thinking by exposing them to new ideas and humanizing people who hold unpopular perspectives. TV shows are a safe way to expose yourself to dangerous circumstances and insert yourself into another person’s shoes. You find yourself asking, “What would I do in this situation?” “How would I react?” And you just might find yourself connecting with a character you would have avoided before.

 5. They love stories.

I’m a compulsive storyteller, and I love being around people who appreciate the habit. TV dramas offer some of the best storytelling there is because their numerous episodes give the writers the opportunity to develop robust characters the audience grows to love.

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6. They’ll join you for fun watch parties.

Watch parties rule, especially when twists and turns keep everyone gasping. A good drama gives you loads of opportunities to have friends over and to blend the real world with a fun bit of fiction.

7. They’ll team up with you for amazing Halloween costumes.

Man and woman in costumes.

    This Halloween, my wife and I were Burt Macklin and Janet Snakehole from Parks and Recreation. It was so fun because, everywhere we went, people who watched the show would freak out. And maybe that’s the best thing about great TV shows – they bring people together.

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    If you’re looking to add a new show to your watch list, here’s a ranking from IMDB of the “Highest Rated TV Series With At Least 5,000 Votes.” Browse through and see if there’s a drama that strikes your fancy.

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    Last Updated on December 10, 2019

    5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

    5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

    Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

    Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

    But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

    Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

    But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

    Journal writing.

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    Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

    Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

    Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

    1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

    By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

    Consider this:

    Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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    But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

    The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

    2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

    If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

    How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

    Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

    You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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    3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

    As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

    Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

    All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

    4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

    Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

    Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

    The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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    5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

    The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

    It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

    Kickstart Journaling

    How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

    Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

    Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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