Finding peace—even joy—in an uncertain time

These people are providing an essential yet scarce service: good news

By Natalie Foote

Going onto a news platform isn’t the same anymore. Before the pandemic hit, there was bad news, but never such a disproportionate ratio of bad news to good. Times like this can make many resistant to venture too far into the news, and for good reason—being bombarded by bad news can take a toll on mental health. A select few networks have noticed this grim trend, and have taken action to bring out the goodness from this dark time.

Talk shows are a common way that people get their news. What’s not to like? You not only get an overview of the news, but some humor to go along with it. Actor and filmmaker John Krasinki started a web series on Youtube in March 2020 called “Some Good News.” This amusing show brings a smile to even the grouchiest watcher. Taking stories from social media, Krasinki highlights the good present in an endless barrage of distress. But that’s not all—on episode two of his show, he managed to get the entire cast of Hamilton to perform a song for Aubrey, a young girl who missed her chance to see her favorite musical due to the virus. Find the show on Youtube for a boost of joy!

Looking for a traditional news website for good news? Look no further. Since 1997, the Good News Network has been providing good news to millions around the world. With over 21,000 articles, GNN has all the good stories you’ll ever need. Since the start of the virus, many of their stories focus on individual and group bravery, making a positive difference in a trying time. If you’re not in the mood to read news articles, try their podcast, Good Talks, in which motivational speakers share their stories and how positivity has helped them lead better lives. Whichever part of this organization you may choose to explore, you’ll never run out of incredible stories to read on the #1 good news site on Google. 

A few major publications, including MSN, Today, Fox News, The New York Times, have also joined the good news brigade, dedicating a section of their newspapers to good news. Stories range from small acts of kindness within local communities to international conflict resolution. Whatever kind of story you are in need of, these sections won’t disappoint. 

These sources may bring out the best of the news, but without a connection, they are less significant. Looking for good news from friends and family on social media or through other platforms can be a meaningful way to focus on the positive side of things through a personal lens. Even in your own life, looking for positive occurrences and sharing those with others may not feel rewarding, but can help pull others away from the negativity that many are enveloped in. 

The coronavirus pandemic is not a good situation. Tens of thousands of people dying, being away from friends and family, having most of our lives put on hold—the situation is grave, but we need to focus on the things we can control. Keeping a positive mindset is a way to not only keep yourself sane, but also your family and friends. So today, reach out to someone and share some goodness. No matter how small, any joy you can share will spread and help others get through this time.

Image from Science Alert.

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