I am a news junkie. I like it all. I listen to news on podcasts and live streams. I watch news online through short segments and special interest pieces, or occasionally on TV when I am at the gym. I read articles on local and regional happenings either in print (old school newspaper in hand) or online. I eat it up. Being well informed is an important part of what I do in both my personal and professional life. But there can be a downside. The news can be a sad and chilling place to live. Bad news will always get more coverage than good, it is easy to get overwhelmed with opinions and rhetoric, losing track of what is good and right in the world. So, with all the heartbreaking news that has been reported in the last six months, since the beginning of 2016, I decided to focus on what I think is good and has worked:
1-Tragedy is promoting communication and an inventive approach
In the past couple of years, seemingly more so recently, videos taken from phones and shared online have captured many violent incidents involving the police, including death. In response to public outcry, police departments in many cities and towns have introduced pilot programs to equip police with body cameras. While introducing technology to promote transparency isn’t a cure all for the problems we are currently facing, it is a step in the right direction. If I have to think of one good thing that will come out of these tragedies, it has to be that a national conversation has been started.
2-Americans (and the world) are engaged with Presidential politics
Say what you like about the candidates for America’s highest office, and I have said quite a bit myself, but their antics have drawn people into the 2016 election. According to Nielsen, 18 million viewers tuned into the December Republican debate, making the primary debates of 2015 the most watched in history, at a time when TV viewing is declining! People are turning out to vote and driving long distances for a chance to attend appearances and speeches. Politics should always be for and by the people, and this year that is truer than ever.
3-Kids are proving that the future is bright
There was a point in time when I may have lost a bit of faith in our future generation. Partly because the world itself is getting more complex and difficult to handle, and partly because it just didn’t seem like kids cared about much more than television and sports. But that is changing on a daily basis, as I see more and more children stepping up to help when they are needed. That help is different for every kiddo, some help with daily chores, others organize performances or entertainment, and others fund raise for a cause important to them. Whatever way they do it, they are pouring their time, their energy, and their hearts into what they think is important. Making today a better place to live.
4-Technology can bring generations together
Once again, say what you like about Pokemon GO, the mobile game that is sweeping the nation. I am hooked, as are many people out there. In the last few weeks it has been able to bring families together, get kids outside and moving, and encourage players of all ages to explore the world around them. There is a sense of community that comes along with playing the game, and the game itself is innocent and fun. I hope it sticks around, and I hope people play it safely.
5-History, and even Broadway musicals, can be fun
“Hamilton,” the mega-hit bio-musical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, opened to an audience larger than any in memory. It received 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, and 16 Tony nominations, the most nominations in Broadway history. It won the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award.
Hamilton is a theatrical rarity: a critically acclaimed work, written by a young composer from Puerto Rico, that’s making a cultural impact far beyond Broadway’s 40 theaters. That it’s told through the language and rhythms of hip-hop and R&B — genres mostly foreign to the musical theater tradition, but VERY familiar to the youth of today — looking to redefine what an American musical can look and sound like.
6-And then there is this:
In case the first 5 didn’t convince you that there is still some good in the world, follow the link below for a good story. Or check in with the http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org whenever you need to combat the barrage of bad news that gets reported.
It is this easy
It seems so easy. Help people when they need it. Look for the good where you can find it.