955. Go a whole week without watching any TV

I know what you’re thinking: “My God, a whole week? I can’t live without How I Met Your Mother/The Walking Dead/Big Bang Theory!”

But it’s alright, my friend. I love those shows, too, but we can do this. Just take a deep breath, set your TiVo to record all those episodes, and maybe read a book or go outside or something. Think of how many achievements you can cross off your list with a whole week free from the hypnosis of television!

956. Conquer the Cinnamon Challenge

WARNING: this is not as easy as it may sound and is not for the light of heart.

The Cinnamon Challenge may be the ultimate test of your tongue’s willpower to date. To do it, you must swallow one tablespoon of ground cinnamon within 60 seconds without the aid of any liquids.

It’s actually a lot more difficult than it sounds, so let me give you an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to insure you will conquer the Cinnamon Challenge!

1) Measure one tablespoon of ground cinnamon on some kind of serving utensil.

2) Put entire tablespoon in mouth.

3) Instantly regret every decision you’ve made in your life that would lead you to this point.

4) Cough out a cartoon-like cloud of cinnamon smoke.

5) Try to swallow, but fail miserably.

6) Repeat step 5 two to three times.

7) Resist the urge to murder everyone around you, who are undoubtedly laughing feverishly at your self-inflicted misery.

8) Scribble a last-minute will in case you don’t survive.

9) Finally swallow that last bit of cinnamon.

10) Live the rest of your life a Cinnamon Challenge Hero!

959. Buy that thing you’ve been wanting

You know what I’m talking about. What is it, a digital camera? An HDTV? A PS3? It’s okay, you don’t have to pretend. We all have something we dream about one day owning. It’s just part of being a consumer.

Sure, it starts off with a little innocent window-shopping or ad-flipping looking for sales. Doesn’t hurt to just look, right? That is, until that brand-new, shiny blu-ray player catches your eye.

At first you tell yourself you don’t need it, that it’s too expensive. That the DVD-player you have is good enough for you. After all, your DVD-player has gotten you this far. It’s always been there for you, even when times were rough (like the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie).

But over time, as the love for your old, last-gen technology naturally fades, that blu-ray player becomes all you can think about. “It’s not you, it’s me,” you tell it. “I just keep getting these blu-ray movies for Christmas and I can’t even watch them.”

So, eventually, after saving enough pennies, you and your DVD-player part ways and you upgrade to the blu-ray you feel like you’ve always wanted. And times are happy.

Some day, years later, you may find your old DVD-player hidden away in some corner of the attic, blow the dust off its plastic exterior and think of all the good times you had with it. But those good times are over now, replaced with newer, better ones. I mean, have you seen the resolution on a blu-ray movie? Freaking incredible.

Remember: money can’t buy you happiness; it can only buy you things that’ll make you happy. So go ahead and splurge every once in a while!

Original photo found here.