“The secret to being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.”
– George Bernard Shaw
While I’m personally not upset that it’s summertime I know plenty of people who are. It’s though to go from being at school to working at a gas station, or interning. Last weekend I went to a rave, this weekend I went to bed early so that I had enough energy for work. I can only imagine how much worse the summer is for all the recently graduated and unemployed liberal arts majors. Spending three months browsing Reddit and searching for jobs can’t be good for your sanity.
Even if you have a lot going on it’s still easy to get bored and depressed during the summer. Because of this, I propose a simple activity to do whenever you start feeling melancholy: go outside and hit a golf ball. It’s the best way to kill time and get out of a funk. And here’s why:
- It’s cheap
You don’t have to buy a set of $32,000 Homma golf clubs to start playing. Take a quick trip to Amazon or a garage sale and you should be able to find some inexpensive gear. Set up a hula hoop in your back yard and practice your short game.
- Golfing is proven to cure depression
Vitamin D deficiency leads to depression. If you’ve spent all day putting pants on shelves or typing memos, you haven’t been getting enough Vitamin D. Fortunately, exposure to the sun increases the body’s production of Vitamin D. Spending half an hour golfing outside will satiate your daily need for Vitamin D.
- Golf is good “water cooler” conversation
Rather than working in awkward silence, you’ll probably want to have something to talk with your co-workers about. You could them a story about how you got herpes during spring break in Mexico, it’d be much wiser to discuss how you like to play golf in your free time. Golfing is one of those universally enjoyed activities that never raises much controversy. While I know plenty of dudes who’ve been fired from work do to their need to inform everyone at work about their partying habits, I’ve never met a single individual who lost their job due to a quirky golf story. In my experience, having people to talk to always makes work more bearable.
If you still think your summer sucks I recommend trying out some of these activities to break up your routine.