Good News: Why we need it and Where to find it

In a world full of challenging news, I personally want good news. Is that so much to ask? I want to read about something that fills my heart with hope, stories that honor the good and the interesting work that is happening around the world every day. I want news that delights me, that shows the good that I know exists in the word, and the wonderful ways humans are working to make the world a better place.

I will admit, I don’t have a television, I don’t take a daily local newspaper and I only occasionally listen to news on public radio. But I am online, I see my news online, on my Facebook feed and I get a couple of news magazines. And for the most part, it’s “bad” news. It’s the stories that make me question our public leaders, it’s the stories that break my heart, it’s the stories that do not inspire me, and make me wonder about why people do the things they do.

In an article by the Huffington Post back in 2015 The Benefits Of Positive News Ripple Far Beyond The First Smile, we learn there are real benefits to good news!

According to research done in conjunction with The Huffington Post, watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27 percent more likely to report having a bad day six to eight hours later. Those who watched transformative stories, on the other hand, reported having a good day 88 percent of the time. It’s the duration of the effect that is remarkable: Nobody is surprised that a positive news story will lift a person’s spirits for a few moments, but the fact that people’s moods are elevated hours later attests to the power of the effect.

According to research done in conjunction with The Huffington Post, watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27 percent more likely to report having a bad day six to eight hours later. Those who watched transformative stories, on the other hand, reported having a good day 88 percent of the time. It’s the duration of the effect that is remarkable: Nobody is surprised that a positive news story will lift a person’s spirits for a few moments, but the fact that people’s moods are elevated hours later attests to the power of the effect.”

 

Here’s an article about 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year. It is full of good news, wow!!! I want to see more articles like this. I did a bit of research to find more places where can I get good news. Here’s a short list of sites for you to consider below in no particular order. We can all benefit from more good news!

I would also invite you to consider finding good news to share daily, with someone you love, in an email, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or maybe even in an old fashioned letter. That’s one of my goals, to share good news with my community and add some positive to your news feed. Happy reading!

 

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