Have you ever noticed how depressing the news is-day in & day out ? We are bombarded with awful images of suffering & disasters sweep through leaving behind shattered lives.
It can really get to you if you aren't aware the effect it can have -anxiety & depression top the list.
Now,there is the obvious choice of dealing with this,but I recommend we remain informed rather than hiding our heads in the sand.
The following article has some good ideas...
1. Only go online for my news. I get a broader selection of perspectives, faster, than if I watched TV or read the newspaper.
2. Use the scan-and-dip approach: Scan a series of headlines from multiple newsmedia (I like the Google News aggregator) and only dip in when I need to know more.
3. Push beyond the headline news into industry specific news (i.e., tech and science) where more positive news is often reported.
4. Avoid non-essential news (basically celebrity gossip).
5. On news items that I do care about, try to get a couple of differing perspectives.
6. Donít spend more than 15 minutes twice a day on this.
7. Donít read the comments that people post to news articles. Ever.
He continues with this statement-
"I realize that makes me seem like I prefer the happy oblivion of ignorance but itís not true. I want to be informed; there is a lot of value in it. But I only have a limited amount of mental bandwidth in the day to devote to news and I donít want to fill it entirely with negativity.
So, here is a sort-of informal framework that Iíve built to help me approach newsmedia to become as thoroughly informed as possible without damaging my happiness:"
There is plenty of Good News out there,if you know where to look. I have found these links on YouTube that tell positive stories of all kinds.
As Anne Murray sang all those years ago-I Sure could Use a Little Good News Today
One of my favorite poems is a testament to the good in the world.
Somewhere, right now, the sun is shining brightly. Somewhere, a new life is just beginning. Somewhere, the power of love is triumphing over adversity.
Somewhere, at this very moment, a thousand children are laughing.
Somewhere, someone who will never seek or receive credit for it is moving the world positively and powerfully forward.
Somewhere, it is going on now.
If you could suddenly see all the good, valuable, positive things happening this very moment, the sight would surely overwhelm you.
And yet it goes on, day after day, without fail.
For every disappointment, for every challenge, somewhere, somehow there is a way beyond it. Know without a doubt that it's there, and you're already moving toward it.
Somewhere there's a bright and shining place where you know you belong. With faith, courage, commitment and persistence you'll surely see yourself there.
So,when life seems grim-remember it still is a wonderful world...
Thanks for dropping by & have a great day.