Again, the answer is simple. You and I live in America, the land that created and sustains AADD. And it mutates, becoming more virulent – every day. Don’t believe me? Turn on the TV. Turn on the radio. Boot up the internet to any webpage.
- Avoid TV – use it as a tool, not background – cancelling your cable service might seem extreme but it saves money and more importantly, time;
- Read more books – suggestions: “The Signal and the Noise”, “The Behavior Gap”, “Thinking Fast and Slow”, “Wait”, “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”, also, anything by Dickens - reading about the misery of life in 18th and 19th century England makes me feel more fortunate;
- Leave your Smartphone behind for social engagements, family outings and recreation;
- Listen to more music – there are several internet services that provide large catalogs for free (with a few commercials) or no commercials for a monthly fee;
- If you play an instrument or write poetry or songs or have some other creative outlet – do it more often;
- Attend live events – theater, music, Cirque du Soleil, Teatro ZinZanni, Trivia Night at your local pub, Open Mic nights for music and comedy;
- Spend more time with family and friends;
- Get outside – walk, run, ski, bike, row!