A few years ago I stopped watching the news. In fact, television no longer plays a role in my life at all. But that wasn’t always the case. I used to love having the news on and for many years had a television in the kitchen so I could listen to the news as I started and ended my day. But as time went on and I made the choice to focus on what was positive in my life and less on fear and insecurity, I realized that the news was not helping the situation at all. So, I simply turned it off. Now, if the title in a Twitter post does not catch my attention, I do not know about it. And you know what, it has not hurt me at all.
About a month ago I heard a comedian on the radio on my way home from work and he was cracking jokes about the news and how negative it can be. I won’t even bother taking a stab at his bit, but I was in stitches. At one point he said, “imagine how people would feel getting on a plane if the news reported that today over 20,000 flights worldwide landed safely as opposed to the one plane that had landing issues?”
I get that bad news sells and that people feel compelled to follow a traumatic story, but I have to wonder, what would the world feel like if news agencies were required to dedicate a certain percentage of their air time to what is actually going right in the world; as opposed to the last five minutes of their broadcast when most people have lost interest? I suspect we would all start or end our days feeling a hell of a lot better about things.
This week I was inspired by connecting with the founder of a group of people that believe in spreading happiness and positive messages. The Happiness Sprinkling Project was started by the Anacortes Centre for Happiness and their founder Laura Lavigne from Anacortes, WA. Their goal is to “provide joy, growth, connection and kindness”. They are also championing a project that delivers positive messages in a random acts of kindness format to encourage, inspire and uplift people. You can check out the project by clicking the link below. They are hoping to raise $2000 by December 6th to allow them to create additional sets of signs that can be shipped to different locations around the world. If you fall in love with the project like I did, consider donating. Even $1 helps. I have already put in a request to bring the signs to Kamloops in 2013!
As Laura says in their Kickstarter video, we can’t change another persons circumstances, but what we can do is encourage them through a challenging time, to help them “take that next breath, that next step”.
This is an incredible, but subtle lesson if you find yourself feeling compassionate about the plight of others, but helpless to influence change. At the end of the day, you can only control you.
And just like your own life can be altered by the messages you allow in, the world around us can be altered, by the messages we give out.
This week I want to challenge you to spread some good news! At least once this week, post or share a good news story on your favorite social media site. I know many of you already do this and maybe those of you that do, can post at least three positive stories. They can be local, global, humorous or uplifting; as long as they are positive.
Once you post it share the link below and I will be sure to re-share or post it on all of my sites. Thanks to all of you who share my post and your feedback. I am truly grateful for all of you!