It has become a bugbear of mine that watching the news seems to be an exercise in consuming problems that I often don't want or need to know about. At the end of it I feel pretty depressed and no doubt slightly more stressed than I did before I started watching!
It seems as if the media likes to pedal stories that shock, especially if they have some video footage to sensationalise it all the more.
I thought there must be some positive stories out there somewhere, so I googled "good news" and at the top of the list was the Good News Network.
I had a look and to my pleasant surprise I quickly found exactly what I was looking for - stories that are real, current and actually leave you feeling uplifted by some of the great things that people all over the planet are doing everyday.
Some recent headline examples include –
"Michael Jordan Wins Lawsuit, Donates the Millions to 23 Charities"
"Underprivileged Kids Choose Gifts for Parents, Not Themselves"
"Ebola Eradicated in Africa – Vaccine Trial Proves 100% Successful"
"Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to ALS/Motor Neurone Disease Breakthrough"
"Man Creates 'Shoes That Grow' So Poor Kids Don't Outgrow Them"
"LeBron James Pays for College Scholarships For 1,100 Students"
A quick review of the testimonials from readers confirms that stories like these have had a significantly positive impact on people.
By way of information, excerpts from their website details the history, mission and passion of the Good News Network as:
From its beginning in 1997, the website has been a clearinghouse for the gathering and dissemination of positive news stories from around the globe. Since 2006, our daily dose of 'News to Enthuse' has confirmed for thousands of fans what we already knew to be true - that good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is. Thomas Jefferson said the job of journalists was to portray accurately what was happening in society. The Good News Network was founded because the media was failing to report on the positive. In the 1990's while homicide rates in the U.S. plummeted by 42 percent, television news coverage of murders surged more than 700 percent, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The editor Norman Cousins once said, "If news is not really news unless it is bad news, it may be difficult to claim we are an informed nation."
We've built a community of people enthused by positive news, eager to participate with each other, and dedicated to the enrichment and inspiration of all.
"There are plenty of benefits when you read lots of good news, not the least of which is health."
Definitely food for thought, and I dare say worth at least a quick look if you are looking for some positive news in your day to leave you feeling better for knowing about.