The World is a Better Place Than You Think

I worked for many years in the newsroom of a newspaper. I had a great and exciting time. Newsrooms are pretty much the places you see in movies or television shows. There’s always action and it’s a great experience to create a new and different product every day.

And yet, if you want to embrace optimism as your strategy for health, happiness and success—and you should because there’s not a more efficient one—I suggest you turn away your newspapers and turn off your television.

Here’s why.

If you watch the news or read the papers, you may get the impression that our world is falling apart amidst fraud, murder, greed and environmental destruction. You cannot be blamed; the headlines scream nothing else. However, as much as the mainstream media pride themselves for their objectivity, their perspective on what’s going on in our world is completely distorted.

Check it out for yourself and ask your friends and colleagues today—how are they doing, and in their lives, do more things go right than wrong? You know the answer. We all face challenges and pain from time to time but on any given day more goes right than wrong. That’s reality.

The bad news distorts your perspective on what’s going on. That’s bad enough. But it’s worse: Bad news makes you sick. It undermines your healthy optimism as you begin to believe the negativity you are continuously bombarded with. There’s a science to being an optimist.

In the past twenty years many have discovered that what we eat makes a big difference to our health. We have changed our diets. We take better care of our bodies. But most people still don’t pay much attention to how they feed their minds. But the impact of that consumption is as deep as what we eat. News is to the mind what sugar is to the body—easy to digest. And most of that news is irrelevant to you. What can you do now when you hear that a bomb blasted far away in Bagdad? How does that change your life?

News is toxic.

It doesn’t have to be but it is. The nature of a news organization is to report about whatever goes wrong. They spread fear and disaster. And they leave their audiences feeling helpless.

There’s a lot of research about “learned helplessness,” a psychological term meaning depression or other illness resulting from perceived lack of control. And that research points in one direction: emotions of helplessness undermine the immune system, feed depression. Continuous exposure to bad news—just like ongoing bad eating habits—makes you sick.

You can change that now. You are responsible about your money and your health—why give away your mind? So turn off the television, stop surfing news sites, cancel the paper. You’ll save a lot of time and you’ll quickly discover that the world is a much better place than you think.

PS. Have you already downloaded my “7 Reasons to be an optimist”?

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linda newman
linda newmanabout a year ago


Angela J.
Angela J.1 years ago

It's great to read such good news.

Viviane K.
Past Member 1 years ago

So true!

PrimaSICK B.
PrimaAWAY B.1 years ago

I'll clarify my comment. Yes I think there is good in the world. But I think it depends on many things. I should not even have commented. I don't want to sound negative but if I don't explain why i made that comment I should not have posted it.
I'm actually quite shocked that out f a large enough number of people here on C2 that new something that of course would be important to me could not even drop me a note with a link..... That shocks me!

Just disregard it Please.

I took the article wrong to begin with. I first thought it was "Are you an optimist". Then I thought due to the subject line " That this was a world question" . Not about how I see it or if i'm an optimist.

I am a little shocked and upset to where it did hit me deeply. If people are so kind I don't understand why no one let me know of one thing that would have meant so much to me.

Again,disregard my comment in relation to this article. It does not fit it!!

Jenna Summers
Jennifer B.1 years ago

Funny, I always thought the world was a beautiful place. I'm sorry so many people don't.

PrimaSICK B.
PrimaAWAY B.1 years ago

I don't know about that. In small numbers sure you can be taken by surprise and someone is extra nice to you . I don't find that in general.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson1 years ago

I truly loved this

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


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Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez2 years ago

So true. My husband is a news addict, and I get stressed out watching/listening to it. Once I've had enough, I start to yell and he turns off the TV. I know he thinks I'm burying my head in the sand, but in MY sandbox folks help each other out and are good. That's where I'm going to be playing from now on.