7 Reality Shows That Make Your Life Look Better

Reality TV is an idea you either love or hate, but perhaps there’s value you haven’t yet considered.

If you need to be assured that…

You have great friends…
Watch any of “The Real Housewives” franchise—even if your friends do talk about you and lie to your face, at least they’re doing it in front of no more than a roomful of people, rather than 2.3 million gawkers.

You are a great mom…
Check out “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” A few moments of watching her life with Mama and you’ll know that while “Mom of the Year” may still be up for grabs, you’re leagues ahead of the competition.

Your job is rewarding…
Tune into “America’s Next Top Model,” and be grateful that your boss never asks you to pout with your lips as you smile with your eyes—what Tyra Banks calls the ‘smize.’

You are chef in your own kitchen…
Get a taste of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” where regular Joes try to conquer their fear of a frying pan. At least in your case, it’s just your kids giving you the thumbs down and not renowned food critics.

Those years and dollars invested in education were well spent…
Take a peak at “Snooki & JWoww,” the spinoff from “JerseyShore,” for a glimpse at the dangers posed by a lack of education.

The relaxing vacation you’ve planned will bring you and your loved ones closer…
Follow “The Amazing Race” for an episode, and that weekend at a water park in the Dells may seem like all the adventure you need.

You and your significant other have the perfect love story…
Spend an evening with “The Bachelor,” and feel comforted that you’ll never have to tell your children how you won their father in a reality competition where you out-drank and out-clawed 25 other women to win his proposal.