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Between the stress of how-are-we-related family gatherings and the panic of why-did-I-wait-so-long shipping delays, we could all use a little levity.

More specifically, we need “The Joy of Painting,” starring one Bob Ross.

In addition to slowing your heart rate, every episode also offers invaluable lessons to tuck into your toolbox next to that Cadmium Yellow. Here are a few:

Stick with it

Of course, an episode of this show feels like being tucked in by your surrogate grandpa. But if you want that tree-dotted landscape hanging in your living room, well, you’re just going to have to get off the couch and paint alongside the master.

If your first go isn’t great, try again. And then—and this is vital—do it again. And again. Then a bunch more times until it turns into something not terrible. Kind of sounds like the creative process, eh?

Roll with the punches

Bob Ross doesn’t do mistakes; he does “happy accidents.” When you let yourself learn from a whoopsy, you’ll see how it can be shaped into something better. Like a bird, or a tree…a brand-new logo experience?

Learn new things

As Bob once said, “Talent is pursued interest.” So whether you’re a high fashion pet parent looking to branch beyond the cat tree, or a pop star dabbling in donut holes, go beyond the brief to try to incorporate new, unexpected elements into your work.

Now that you have the tips, it’s time to build a killer presentation deck, churn out a beautifully designed brand campaign, or perfect your arctic landscape.

And if you’ve had enough of this motivational mumbo-jumbo and just want to see some mesmerizing data visualizations, well, we have you covered there, too.

Have a palette-cleansing weekend, everybody!

— Your in-the-zen-zone friends at Brokaw

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