Sunday June 9, 2013

Well, my recent post suggesting that we all stop watching the news generated quite a few comments. Thank you everyone who took the time to communicate your thoughts, whether you agreed or disagreed and wished to challenge me on that one. I really appreciate it – and especially the positive tone that everyone takes. We seem to have very few Trolls in this community.

But how would it be if we could filter our news? Still be aware of everything (murders, floods, famines, political debates etc.), but choose to spend a bit more time on those things that inspire, that lift up or just make us smile? And yes, those TED talks!

Well, the good news(!) is that there is such a way.

A couple of years ago the business journalist Adrienne Lawler set up InewsU.com, a website dedicated to good news. A community of people (a bit like Moodscope) post all sorts of positive clips and bits of news onto the site and every day, if you choose, Adrienne, or one of her cohorts, will pop a couple of these uplifting pieces into your in-box. Just like Moodscope, really. (And confession time? I do the Friday post.)

It has to be said that sometimes the good news is somewhat hard to find, and we are forced to resort to heart-warming clips of kittens – but less and less often as we now get sent good news stories from all over the world. There is good news out there: companies getting it right, teenagers taking on charitable challenges, world economists telling us that, actually, things are getting better...and the TED talks; always inspiring, always uplifting.

So if you're looking for another weapon in your fight against the grey smog, or a different stick to throw for that black dog, then mouse on over to InewsU.com and get a feel-good fix.

Oh, and a couple of weeks ago, one of the good news stories I shared was about Moodscope! How's that for synergy?

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