Is it really just a matter of perception? When we were young we had pure burning enthusiasm and happiness towards life. The only way I see it we can purify our corrupted minds and return to this state of bliss and wonder is by practicing a balanced level of asceticism and meditation. Consciously or unconsciously we are feeding our minds with all kinds of "foods". Frivolous entertainment, bad news, negative topics and mindless internet browsing.
The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the mouth.
Racing through the field and hunting make the mind wild.
Searching for precious goods leads astray.
Therefore, the sage attends to the belly,
And not to what he sees.
He rejects the latter and chooses the former.
I don't condone consumerism but I think it is justified to watch a slice of life, a fun manga/novel or play a good adventure game occasionally as long as it is redeeming humanity and the real world. If it makes you want to go outside and experience the real adventures that these media simulate. It should supplement your interest for life. To explore, get fit, study history, learn to cook, learn first aid, practice martial arts etc.
In no time one realises that life is literally just like an mmorpg. This reawakenes a sense of wonder, love and hope towards the world and our life. Once this is achieved one should ideally stop engaging with entertainment media all together in order to focus on his life and spiritual development.
If it is a matter of perception then by clearing our heart/minds and experiencing reality for what it really is without the filter of ego, thoughts or opinions we come to see the world was magical the whole time but we were just blinded.