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Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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. Don’t spend more than 15 minutes twice a day on this.

7. Don’t 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 it’s 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 don’t want to fill it entirely with negativity.
So, here is a sort-of informal framework that I’ve 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.

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    I read a book by Andrew Weil years ago that recommended weaning oneself off the news. We found we were addicted ti it and watching it all day long. We don't miss it. we still know when something important happens and are not as cranky.
    1917 days ago
    You always have such inspirational blogs--I don't know that I even need to leave SparkPeople to find happy news!
    1918 days ago
    That"s the way to go I haven't watched the news in years people think I'm weird or wrong put it does not help those in need and only fees bad energy to me and other love the list thanks Sami
    1918 days ago
    This is great, I've just subscribed to The Happy Self, thanks Sami!
    1919 days ago
    Sami you are also so right. Love your list and wish I had read it sooner as I was just telling a friend on the phone to stop watching it as there is nothing you can do about the news. My husband said I was doing phone therapy. Wish I knew Dr. Sami had thought it all trough for me. Sami your the best. emoticon
    1919 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I'm with you, Sami. I rarely watch the news because I think the media are just piranha just waiting to strike and make a mountain out of a molehill, or to cash in on someone else's ill fortune. I scan the headlines in USA Today online. I never read celebrity gossip or news.
    Thanks for the You Tube links to positive news!
    1919 days ago
    Sometimes I get so sick of hearing all of the negative stuff. I care about people and what is happening in the world but sometimes I just have to "get away" from all of it. Hubby claims that I'm a Pollyanna but sometimes it keeps me sane.

    Have a great week; are you celebrating Thanksgiving with family?
    1919 days ago
    emoticon You've got no idea how I needed this today! Sending sunny vibes your way. And sending wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours. HUGS
    1919 days ago
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