I try to avoid the news. I find it depressing and I believe that is the point of it. To make people think and feel that the world is scary and bad can mean we follow rules more easily. If everyone were to believe that the planet we live is on is wonderful and full of hope you may not find the need to buy that newest product. Or perhaps you won’t watch that mindless show knowing that real life exists with one another.
Bill Hicks, a late comedian was fed up with the news and especially its portrayal of drugs in the media.
My lack of interest in the news doesn’t mean I am not caught up with current affairs. It just means I pick the sources myself. I find if I spend the day listening to the radio every hour on the hour I am shaking my head. I feel heartbroken for lives lost, families torn apart and angry at the people in charge. I don’t like feeling like that I also don’t like allowing strangers into my heart and dictating how I feel.
With that in mind I want to once again show you that the world isn’t all bad and you can learn about good things happening out there. Below are some options to read about some of the positive things occurring all around us:
- Positive News – This website has many different categories, from environment to lifestyle and is part of a global community of contributors. In their own words ‘we look at society’s challenges through a lens of progress and possibility.’ A view I prefer instead of, ‘everything is terrible and broken’.
- Sunny Skyz – The news section of this website will give you positive stories coming out of the states. With a country that is often only making headlines for gun violence or a xenophobic presidential candidate, hearing about the kindness of its citizen’s is refreshing.
- Positive News.org – With headlines like: Kindness Disarms Anti-Islam Protester and Solar Powered Plane Completes First Ever Atlantic Flight this site is exactly what the name implies. It contains positive news with no corporate funding so there isn’t any hidden agenda.
There are many articles written and studies done on whether the planet is better or worse than it once was. Instead of asking that, ask yourself do you feel better or worse depending on how you look at the planet? Personally, reading about all the terrible things happening out there can make me feel undeserving for all I have. When really I should feel grateful for my life and take that energy to help others. If we feel that the world is doomed then what’s the point in trying to make a difference?
Decide for yourself what feels right for you and follow that path. Maybe you’ll start turning off the news or not reading the papers. All we can do is be kind to one another, which in my opinion is the most powerful, world-changing force.
“The bad news is, people are crueler, meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed.” – pleasefindthis
It’s a rainy day here in Dublin and after a hectic week I welcome it. The rain allows me to stay inside and potter around. I know many of us can get caught up in all the stresses of daily life. Therefore, I offer you to take some time sit back, relax and enjoy some videos that will hopefully make you smile.
For anyone who was/is a fan of Breaking Bad.
Enjoy the rest of your week and remember there is ALWAYS time for yourself. You just have to take it and make it.
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.” – Marie Lu
Some people say that January has claims to the most depressing day of the year. Although scientifically that is not necessarily true, this month does have a dragging quality that seems to slow everything down. If you are feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump I offer some things that will hopefully leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. This first video is of an 8 month old baby getting to hear his mothers voice. He contracted bacterial meningitis when he was 4 months old and hadn’t been able to hear since then.
A very happy puppy from Imgur This is just beautiful.
A bit of awwwwwww
If you want to read through more good news stories The Journal has a great collection of some as well as nice videos. This week I was spending time with people who were talking about the news. It was so depressing, it made me feel heavy and sad. When I left them I searched things that would make me feel lighter again. Be aware of what you’re hearing and being surrounded by. Negative energy has a lot of power and can creep in when you don’t want it too. Enjoy this January day and do something like Googling cute kittens. I doubt anyone ever felt worse after a search like that. “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings
In this age of information we can learn anything and everything in record time. News from other parts of the world is readily at our finger tips. Yet any news we read is often about death and destruction. I have stopped listening to or reading the news. And you know what, I’m more optimistic and informed at my own pace.
In America there are only 6 corporations that own almost every facet of the media, for the rest of the world it’s not much better. Which means what is shared with the public can be a tiny spectrum of truth. I have a hunch that sad people without hope are much more quiet then the happy, hopeful folks.
To start feeling that more hopeful I recommend the following sites:
- Happy News – This site has news stories, videos, ideas for a happier lifestyle and products. One of the products they are recommending is a book titled: Little Things You Can Do to Make the World a Lot Nicer. Nothing about the how the newest mascara will help you bag a husband.
- Good News Network – Filled with uplifting stories to help improve your view of humanity. One was recently posted about a man who spent $20,000 of his own money to pay off the Christmas presents of strangers.
- Gimundo – News stories, their best picks from the web and cute videos there’s lots to make you smile. Below is a video they posted which is a personal favourite of mine.
If you do feel like getting your news, uplifting or not I would recommend checking out Democracy Now. Independently funded there is less of a chance of having news that is slated or overtly biased. At the end of the day when you read anything, do your own research and be sure to form your own opinion. Far too many people just believe what they’re being told and where’s the fun in that?
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers