We need to be well informed about the world, but if all we ever see, hear and read about is war, terrorism, economic collapse, crime, poverty, famine, social decay, scandals, meaningless and empty celebrity culture and greedy lying politicians and public figures . . . it can be all too easy to start to imagine the whole world’s like that.
And it’s not.
It might be an idea to try to balance some of that bad news, with something a bit more uplifting.
1 – GIMUNDO
Dedicated to the belief that everyone needs a bit of good news to brighten up their lives each day. The site has no political agenda other than bringing the most inspiring news, stories and videos - they say if they can make you smile every morning they’ve done their job. Recent articles include a video of the Khulu Happy Singers, an uplifting documentary about living with autism, and the story of Stanislav Petrov – the man who saved the world by doing nothing.
2 – POSITIVE NEWS
Focusing on solutions, the UK based Positive News site describes itself as the world’s original and leading positive source of news. It reports on people and initiatives that are creating a sustainable, just and fulfilling world, and hopes to inform, inspire and empower its readers. Recent stories include doctor Steve Fabes, who is cycling around the world for the charity Merlin, a journey that will take five years, the discovery of a healthy population of snow leopards in Afghanistan, and the production of a film documenting acts of kindness around the world.
A weekly countdown of life’s heartwarming little joys – from optimistic nostalgia to laugh out loud funny. Sleeping in your own bed after a long trip, finding money you didn’t even know you’d lost, dropping your mobile phone on the pavement and finding its totally fine and when your computer fixes itself all make the list.
Dissatisfied with the increasing negativity and depressing nature of the news, Only Positive News provides daily positive and uplifting news stories, and is also dedicated to finding, celebrating and promoting people from all walks of life who are making a positive contribution, and making the world a better place. Recent stories have ranged from How to Stop Worrying, and Feeding those in Need in Washington DC, to lists of feelgood films and happy photos.
5 – POST SECRET
Postsecret was originally an community art project, where people anonymously mail their secrets on home made postcards for publication the website. It went on to become immensely popular, and joined-up with a suicide prevention charity in 2008, to help support student support hotlines on American university campuses. Note that not all secrets are always safe for work viewing.
6 – OPTIMIST WORLD
In a world that seems increasingly cynical and full of bad news, Optimist World chooses to offer an antidote of inspirational stories and positive news from around the world to show how good humankind can be too. Optimist World doesn’t wish people to bury their heads in the sand, but only to remember to also spend some time paying attention to some of the good things in the world. Recent stories include the rise in National Trust visitor numbers, an Optimist’s Tour of the Future, and Volunteering for Charity in Ethiopia.
A photo blog that offers no explanation of itself, but often manages to be, well, inspiring. Recent articles include Pay it Forward, Live-Laugh-Love, and Cartoon Inspired Street Art.
8 – THE DAILY GOOD
Positive and uplifting news delivered by a team on volunteers daily to over 100,000 subscribers – reminding us of the good in the world, the world’s true life heros and the multitude of positive things taking place. Recent articles include the Psychology of Love, a gentle story of a doctor confronted by his own death, and 29 Lessons from Travelling the World.
If I’ve missed any good sites, send in a comment.
Photo from nimish Gogori, via Flickr