Generally speaking, I stay away from the ugliest news. I get my headlines from the internet and the newspaper, then I read the “good” ones. You know, good articles like the fire fighter who caught the baby that was thrown from the burning building. Anything that sounds like somebody is helping someone or there’s a happy ending.
Sure, I admit it. Just like you, I get sucked in sometimes by a train wreck, like the horrible storms that battered the Midwest in February, 2008. But there are good stories in those too sometimes. Like the baby who was thrown 300 feet by a tornado and barely had a scratch on him. Isn’t that good news Pimpandhost?
The point is that there is plenty of crappy stuff to look at, read, and listen to, so I try to stay away from it as much as I can. This behavior suits my “happy at all costs!” model. Like I always say, if you’re not at least trying to be happy, then you’re not doing it right.
If you think that there is only bad news to be had, think again. The reason something is newsworthy is that it’s different from the norm. Do you think the anchors on the nightly news are going to go on camera, smile, and say, “Today, everything was really peaceful, and everyone is happy”? Certainly not. But the majority of what goes on each day is just your regular old life. A bank robbery or a school shooting is out-of-the-ordinary.
I recently listened to a CD by Christiane Northrup, M.D. She cited a study that concluded that the simple act of watching someone do good works boosts the immune system. Just watching Mother Theresa in action makes you healthier! Can you imagine? Why aren’t we all watching Mother Theresa films or hanging out at the Salvation Army?