A daily doom scroll is, unsurprisingly, not great for one’s mental health and wellbeing. Focusing on the world in disarray can leave us with bias towards a more negative outlook. Though life is all about balance, we can opt to consume more good news. For those who need to give their newsfeed an injection of positivity, see our selection of platforms working to showcase all the good goings-on.
Founded by writer and illustrator, Emily Coxhead, The Happy News is a quarterly newspaper covering positive news from all over the world, and celebrating everyday heroes. Each issue is centred around a theme (the September theme: strength) and features everything from poems to illustrations (including beautiful artwork by the artist Apara Sharma and Emily herself.).
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The site works to publish daily good news stories, that are both optimistic and solutions-driven. Demonstrated in the reporting of Easton LaChapelle who, after meeting a 7-year old girl whose prosthetic arm cost $80,000, designed a more affordable 3D printed prosthetic.The Optimist Daily also covers a range of articles that work to aid personal development, from ways in which we can make work less stressful to how to reclaim our weekends.
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Positive News works to highlight the positive progressions in the world. For example, highlighting inspiring initiatives such as “dine in, to get them in” put forward by Fat Macy, a social enterprise that works to address homelessness. The scheme works to help young people moving out of hostels into permanent houses, by covering their deposit and offering culinary training. Positive News covers a wide range of topics; including environment, economics, lifestyle and science.
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At the heart of Happy News is the belief that “virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news.” Happy News works together with citizen journalists to report on positive and gripping news stories, including the story of Anthony Mmesoma Madu, whose viral ballet recital video resulted in a scholarship to the ABT, dance school in New York.
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Founded by George Resch, who more commonly goes by his meme-generating alter ego Tank Sinatra. Tank’s Good News delivers shareable positive and heartwarming news, shining a light on the everyday positives, such as how a young athlete gave up on winning a race, in order to help escort an injured across the finish line.
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The Good News Network purposefully brings stories to inspire its readers. The site boasts an impressive archive of over 21,000 good news articles, featuring a story of how a woman has designed a durable cardboard bed to combat increased need for hospital beds in India.
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Nisha Kotecha, the founder of Good News Shared, believes in the importance of showcasing charity work and its positive outcomes; whether it’s small scale initiatives such as the Muswell Hill Food Bank Scheme that worked to supply school children with food packages over the summer holiday to extraordinary individuals (example A: Kenneth Essex, who completed a 10km walkathon to raise money for the Moorfield Eye Hospital, days before his 100th birthday.)
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