I hate watching the news. I really do. I understand the need to be aware of what is going on around me, but so often it’s such a one-sided view of the world. The ugly side, the bloody side, the side of mankind sucking. For a sensitive lil’ soul like me, well sometimes I’d rather make like an ostrich and bury my head in the sand.

Badness happens in the world every single day. But good things happen too.

Not having a tv, I rarely watch the news and this suits me just fine. Even though I don’t watch the news I still read news articles. I keep myself apprised of what’s going on in the world, for better or worse and let”’e honest, with social media it’s pretty hard to remain completely oblivious about what’s going on.

Have you ever read or seen something on the news that literally haunts you? I have. There are things stuck in my brain that still make my heart pound with compassion to think about them. They still, many months later, make me want to curl up in a ball and cry.

Sometimes you’ve got to go on a media sabbatical, to bury your head in the sand for the simple sake of your own sanity. There are, however, websites out there that show you the other side of the news. They don’t follow the “If it bleeds, it leads.” mentality of news reporting. I’m all kinds of in love with positivity and optimism, so today I wanted to share with you some of those resources!

Upworthy: If you need a good happy cry of humanity is full o’ awesome then Upworthy is one of the most popular sources out there. There are some serious and heavy articles at times but very much worth a look. Upworthy: Awesome, fun, interesting videos and graphics about stuff that matters.

Huffington Post Good News: If you want to read articles about cute animals doing amazing things or random acts of kindness, or humans doing really nice and awesome things then this is for you. Guaranteed to make your heart feel a bit lighter.

Sunny Skyz: There are jokes with your news for a good belly laugh. Live. Laugh. Love.

The Daily Good: “News that inspires.” This one is really feel-good, with inspiring quotes and fuzzy-feeling-making articles.

Good News Network: “Good news is good for what ails you.”

I also try to keep my social media feeds happy and uplifting. I follow pages that post inspirational quotes and inspiring stories. I surround myself with people that make me laugh. Surrounding yourself with positivity and creating a nourishing atmosphere around yourself is so important!

How do you feel about the news? Do you watch it frequently or infrequently? Does it ever both you?

  • Efi Maryeli

    I live in Greece. Than alone is enough to make you NOT to watch the news ever. With the economic crisis this country faces the last 4 years, it is possible to remain optimistic if you watch the news. So, no, I never watch the news anymore. Even when I get to yahoo to get to my email, I don't even scan the headlines. They're all soooooo negative… Have a great week!!!! I go check those websites now 😉

  • Eve

    Ugh, yes, I love you for posting this and sharing these sites. I am against watching the news. My grandma watches it nonstop (especially CNN) and never brings one happy story to the table. Not one.

    News centers only share what they want to share. They only allow us to know what they (and the government) want us to know. I personally think it's just another way to brainwash the nation: "Here look at this while we go behind your back and do something while you're distracted."

    Every so often I browse through news websites to stay aware (because important things *are* shared), but for the most part I stay away. I don't even open a newspaper except the comics. Sometimes I feel that I should be working to stay more aware, but I'm happier this way.

    I'll definitely be checking out the websites you linked!

  • DH Winter

    I know what you mean about the news! Just like you when I lived alone I
    didn't have a TV either (and I wasn't in a hurry to get one), and I
    think I now remember why! I get sucked into news a lot more than I
    should. In fact I have been sucked in about what has been going on in
    your area this past week. I've never lived there but have visited tons
    of times and it is kind of like a second home to me. Thanks for posting
    these links that are more on the "up" side; I'll have to check them
    out!

  • Dominee

    I'm much happier too! It's a thin line between being informed and being bogged down and overwhelmed by bad news! There is so much good in the world and so many every day acts of kindness and goodness and it's sad that so many of us remain uninformed about those things!

  • Dominee

    Oh I definitely feel for you darling, things in Greece must be hard. <3 Love to you.

  • Dominee

    The thing I love about watching tv on the internet is that it's much easier to skip the news, no channel surfing!

  • Laurie Story Vela

    Thanks for this ~ I never hardly ever watch or read … just trust what I need to know will find me and it does and I send love & light … Love this list of positive media! When I was first entering the working world, I was a radio DJ and dreamed of starting a radio station KJOY with all GOOD news & music! Revisiting that dream now … ~!

  • Dominee

    I think that would be an amazing idea. You should totally make that dream happen!