Stryfe Light-hearted and funny? Silver Spoon might fit the bill, as might Natsume Yuujinchou if you feel like adding in some supernatural elements. Silver Spoon is about a city kid going to an agricultural school in a very rural area and adapting to a lifestyle and people very different than he's used to. It's got some drama in it too, to keep it interesting. Natsume Yuujinchou is about a kid who can see youkai and his misadventures resulting from his interactions with them. It's pretty relaxed most of the time, and it won't make your ribs hurt or anything. Natsume is especially easy to watch at your own pace since it's mostly episodic, with most of the stories wrapping up in one episode and with very little over-arching plot - much like Mushi-shi (my most favouritest thing ever) though Mushi-shi lacks the comedic aspect. Silver Spoon clocks in at a whopping 22 episodes (2, 11 episode seasons) and Natsume has some 50 or so spread out over multiple seasons and OVAs.