10 Life Lessons from The Simpsons [PRESENTATION]
The longest-running American sitcom, The Simpsons is easily one of the most entertaining shows we’ve had the pleasure to experience. As if providing us laughs and spot-on satire aren’t enough, the Simpsons family also inspires us with insightful lessons to live by. Here are 10 of the most note-worthy things to learn from the Springfield bunch via Empowered Presentations.
1. Do What You Love
You don’t like your job, you don’t strike. You go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way.” – Homer
70% of Americans are unsatisfied with their job – does this include you? If so, it may be time for you to make a career change (but if you can’t find work that excites you, take Homer’s advice and do a half-assed job in your current position. It’s the American way)
2. The Value of Intangible Objects
When you’re really down, even watching The Simpsons on your shiny 60″ flat screen won’t make the bad feelings go away. Possessions are fleeting, so take stock of what really matters in life: family and friends.
3. Always Push Forward
You can’t keep blaming yourself” – Homer
Dwelling on past mistakes will only hinder you from making better moves in the future. You live and your learn, so be forgiving of yourself and always strive to be better.
4. Communication Is Overtaking the World
The problem in the world today is communication… Too much communication.” – Homer
On average, Americans spend 25.75 hours on the internet each week. 25 hours! That means that each week we spend more than the entirety of one day on the Web. While browsing can be fun, and though many of us rely on the internet for work, it’s important that we keep the Web at bay – don’t let the internet consume your life.
5. There’s More Than One Side to Every Story
Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen.” – Homer
If there’s more than one side to every story, use every side to your advantage. The next time you find yourself on the losing side of an argument, do like Homer and flip the blame to your opponent. Now that’s the power of rhetoric.
6. Ignorance Is Bliss
Knowledge is great. Who doesn’t like to show off their mental collection of pointless facts at parties? Who doesn’t aim to win political debates with friends by the sheer volume of facts you’ve mentally stored to back up your position? As convenient as it is to know everything, it’s important to acknowledge that ignorance can be advantageous, too. Unaware of the rank smell coming from your kitchen? Then you don’t have to bother taking out the trash. See where I’m going with this?
7. Think Outside the Box
Do you eat the same breakfast every morning, read the same magazines every day, visit the same restaurants with your friends every weekend? Maintaining a predictable routine might be blocking creativity from your life. To change things up, think outside the box and do something new like enrolling in a computer science or photography course. Then welcome the creative ideas as they begin to roll in.
8. You Can’t Believe Everything You Hear
Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.” – Homer
From social media infiltrating the credibility of mainstream news to the NSA and major tech companies keeping important information on the privacy of our personal data under lock and key, it’s more important now than ever before to take in new information with a grain of salt. With so many conflicting points of view and motives, we just can’t believe everything we hear today.
9. Listen to Your Heart
You should listen to your heart, and not the voices inside your head.” – Marge
If you always listen to the logic your brain spits out, it’s likely you’d take fewer, if any, risks in your lifetime. Sometimes it’s most appropriate to mute the “voices inside your head” and listen to your heart. You could achieve something great you never imagined you’d so much as attempt.
10. Family Is the Most Important Thing
Throughout their 24 seasons on air, the Simpsons stuck together, no matter what came their way. As we go through life with our own families, it’s essential not to lose sight of the importance of family.
What lessons have you learned from watching The Simpsons? Let us know in the comments!