I don’t know about you, but I feel that every time I switch my TV on to a news channel all that they are covering is negative news. I do believe we should be aware of what is going on around us, both at home and globally, it is our duty as caring beings to help those less fortunate than us in any way we can. You don’t need me to tell you how biased the majority of news channels and newspapers are, especially when it comes to covering stories about people protesting about harsh cuts the Government here in the UK have enforced on the sick and disabled and those who have lost their jobs and need a helping hand. The only positive news they drip feed us mere mortals, or so it seems, is the scandalous shenanigans in the lives of celebrities.
To be perfectly honest, I really do not care who is dating who, who is marrying who, who is having a baby and who got drunk last night. My life isn’t going to end if I don’t know these things and to put it bluntly, I DO NOT CARE AT ALL!!! That this is the only lighthearted news most media outlets share with us, we humans can be forgiven for feeling rather jaded by life.
All is not lost, if you truly want to see beauty, inspiration, and positivity then you don’t have to tune into the twenty-four news channels or pick up one of the many tabloids that are in circulation; typing the words “positive news” or “positive news stories” into your favourite search engine yields many links to heart-warming stories. You will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive news that there actually is out there.
I think it is important we are aware of the suffering in this world, but I also think it’s counterproductive to have it thrust down our throats 24/7. I have found that I switch off from too much pain and suffering and too much negative news and occasionally I have missed certain stories. Of course we never fully escape what is happening in the world, social media always manages to keep us informed, even if it is indirectly informing us. As viewers and readers, we feel that our TV screens and news feeds online are saturated with war, poverty, corruption, murder and other heartbreaking incidents. I know how I feel and I know how other people have said they feel, it’s overwhelming, it hurts to see this negative news and there is no let-up. The balance is tipped too far towards the negative and the positive that is offered is not really positive at all. The balance is needed to keep us tuning in, or buying the newspaper.
Next time you feel overwhelmed by the images streaming into your home and life, images that shock you to the very core, remember, positive news is out there, you just have to look for it.