I wake up in the morning. With a cup of my favourite cafe latte in front of me, I turn on my laptop computer to check what’s going on in the world. What do I see?
“Russians threaten the world with their navy.”
“A pilot dies during the flight.”
“A man dragged behind a police car.”
“The USA and Israel anxious. Russian anti-aircraft sets S-300 delivery in progress.”
“This is probably the worst government since 1989.”
“Rats attack Polish cities.”
“A man kills his family and commits suicide.”
My day has just began and I’ve already been bombarded with a massive load of bad news. I feel overwhelmed with all the bad things that happen around me. I am aware of the fact that the world is not just pink and blue, but for heaven’s sake it’s not just gray and black either! What I want to say is that bad news just overflows us. It yells at you from newspaper covers, from TV and the radio, and last but not least – from the Internet. You don’t even have to search for it – it will find its way to get to you. It’s much more difficult though to find any good news. It seems to be lost amidst the sea of depressing information.
So what? You might say. You read it or hear it – you forget it if it doesn’t concern you personally. However, psychological reasearch has proved that negative news is not only likely to make us feel more unhappy and anxious, but it is also very probable that it will make you think more and worry more about your own problems. American psychologists conducted an experiment. They asked people to talk about their problems. One group of those people had been shown some bad news before the interview, and the other group hadn’t. It turned out that the people who had watched bad news tended to make mountains out of molehills, that is exaggerate their problems and catastrophize them. This experiment shows how powerful the impact of negative news is. It looks like it’s a real challenge to stay positive and to be an optimist, living in the 21st century.
Being a positive person by nature, I decided to put my foot down and stand against this contagious negative impact of bad news. First, whenever I hear some bad news on the radio or TV, I just turn it off or change the channel. And secondly, I’ve found some websites with good news only, and I start my day reading them, instead of tvn24 and the like. Will it protect me from bad news attack? Surely not. But, as I have said before, bad news will find its way to get to me and I am not gonna help it.
I wonder what you feel about this issue? Do you also feel overwhelmed with bad news? Do you watch and read the news daily or do you rather ignore them? I’m looking forward to your comments.
And if you want to find some good news, you can check these websites:
Sources: www.psychologytoday.com; www.npr.org
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