Opinion: Where’s all the Good News?
By Arden Y
Every time I look up news online, I wish I didn’t. Every headline and trending story is about something sad or tragic that happened in recent days. It’s always about death, assault, politics, and tragedies.
Why does this have to be the case? Sure, it’s important to know about what’s going on in the world, but not in horrible detail, and especially when the story doesn’t affect us.
I think that there should be more happy news in the media. Everyday, people do amazing things that should be recognized. There should be stories about people making a difference in the world, helping people, saving lives.
The website Sunny Skyz does that.
I first found Sunny Skyz when I was searching up good news stories to make me feel happy. In the sea of negative news that is the Internet, this was like a welcoming lighthouse. The website shares inspiring, heartwarming news from all around the world. Normal people doing amazing things. Instead of making me cry in sadness, this news website made me shed tears of joy.
However, this is just one website. Why can’t The New York Times and other leading newspapers spread the joy of good news? The answer is simple: most people want to read about depressing stories. Learning about human suffering is a way to make some people feel better about their own lives.
While everyone copes in their own way, this is not the case for me. I want to hear about the good things in the world. These good stories motivate me to perform acts of kindness myself. We live in times of controversy and hatred, so it’s always heartwarming to read about someone making a difference in the world. A little kindness goes a long way.
I encourage people to spread good news everyday. Instead of talking with your friends about the tragic stories in the world, why not chat about the amazing things that happen everyday? And then do amazing things yourself. Help someone who needs it, donate time or money to a cause, or just smile at a stranger in the hallways. This would help create a happier, kinder community. It would connect us in a time where we’re divided.
It’s always good to know about what is happening in the world, and I’m not saying we should ignore the “bad” news. We should just choose which stories we focus on, and which stories we spread around.