Flipping through my basic crappy cable stations, I have noticed that half of them (the ones that are not PBS) are for buying things, like QVC and HSN. If I don't have money to pay for cable, how do I have money to buy a $300 bracelet? Even if it is in easy $50 installments. Home shopping. This is a serious problem.
Maybe people would be a lot happier and friendlier if we all kept up the positive reinforcement for doing the little things, like we do for our children. For instance, your co-worker takes a crap. When they come back, you say "Good job! You went potty! I am so proud of you!". Or, your spouse holds up a shirt, and you are like "that's right! SH-I-RRR-Ta!" That is a shirt!". Always encouraging for the little stuff, from birth to death. Keeping it up.