My big brother has this thing about TV. And that thing is that it’s a waste of his time – unless it’s Dr. House teaching him something about the human body. I turn on Grey’s Anatomy and he shudders. I don’t blame him though, it’s pretty common knowledge that watching TV is a potato-esque act. It doesn’t do much for your brain juices and it doesn’t get your heart a pumpin’ (fearing the Walking Dead doesn’t count). But what if I told you that there are 3 TV shows that will make you healthier right now, just because they exist? Are you intrigued?
I know you’ve got your mouse hovering over Netflix right now (yes, they’re all on Netflix) waiting to see what shows I’m about to name, but I’m not going to tell you just yet. First I’m going to tell you about a book. Because the book always comes before the cinematic remake, and this blog post isn’t about to challenge tradition. So I want you to take your cursor off of Netflix for a minute – DON’T WORRY it’ll still be there. And when you’re through reading here, you’re going to head over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble or wherever you prefer to scope out books online and type “Year of Yes” into the search field. This next step is crucial to the making you healthier part, so pay attention.
Here’s the thing, I sort of tricked you. There are 3 TV shows, and they will make you healthier right now, but not by plopping down on your heiny and watching them. If you haven’t figured them out yet by the book title, here they are:
How to Get Away with Murder
I can almost here you saying, “Oh my gosh! That’s my fave show! Way to go healthy me.” But the thing is, you’re going to have to take it a step farther than
fantasizing fangirling over Jake Ballard (mmmmm Jake Ballard) and McDreamy. You’re going to have to go to the source of these incredible shows. You’re going to have to steal some logic from the shows’ writer herself: Shonda Rhimes.
What’s “Yes” got to do with it?
It turns out everything. And also nothing. Saying yes will make you a healthier and happier person. That’s the take home lesson people. If this book was a big, flashing sign it would say “Saying yes will make you a healthier and happier person.” In fact, you should maybe write that down and tape it to your mirror so you don’t forget. Because what I learned from the incredible woman who made “Pope’d” a word and who convinced us that our “person” is out there, is that it can be all to easy to forget how to say yes. It can be easy to forget to step away from our responsibilities and follow our passions. It can be even easier to forget to say yes to self love, something Shonda Rhimes talks about in depth.
If you imagine saying yes to the following:
- yes to receiving a compliment without putting yourself down
- yes to promising yourself 15 minutes of self care each day
- yes to propelling yourself into social situations that terrify you, and finding your niche
- yes to creating your own definition of success
Well, it’s not difficult to see how saying “yes” can make you a healthier you.
My definition of saying “yes” is going to include agreeing to more things that challenge me academically. I want to become open to things that are other people’s definition of fun because, hey! I might end up loving it. I want to say “yes” to judging less and creating more. Which begs the question.
What will you say “yes” to next?
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