Where to Find Good News — and Why You Should Look for It
by Dr. Larry Richard, LawyerBrain LLC — Monday, April 20, 2020
This morning I joined Cecilia B. Loving as a presenter in a webinar that we presented as part of the NYC Bar Association’s Mindful Mondays series. We called our session Tips for Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety: What Lawyers Can Do to Thrive During the Crisis. We covered a number of evidence-based strategies that can help lawyers and other legal professionals cope with the stress and anxiety that many have experienced over the past few weeks.
One of our suggestions was to “go on a news diet”, especially before bedtime. In the hours leading up to bedtime, you should avoid exposing your mind to stimuli that can trigger stress, anxiety or fear reactions. Instead, aim for an experience that’s peaceful, relaxing and uplifting.
In addition to avoiding the negative and stressful, you may want to actually seek out good news. As lawyers, we’re trained to look for problems. Many lawyers get very good at noticing what’s wrong, and end up overlooking things that are good. Lawyers are not the only ones who do this. It’s so common, in fact, that a series of websites have emerged whose main focus is on curating good news stories. Here are some of my favorites:
CNN’s The Good Stuff
You can sign up on CNN to get a daily email filled with good news. Go to https://www.cnn.com/specials/us/the-good-stuff.
Some Good News
John Krasinski, from The Office, hosts a 15-minute weekly video session on YouTube with good news. He’s cheerful, upbeat, and has some great items. Here’s a link to his first broadcast:
Once you arrive at this page, you can subscribe to his videocast.
This is a website that curates positive news stories.
Go to: https://www.inspiremore.com/
You can also subscribe to a daily email that they’ll send called the “5-minute smile” which contains uplifting news tidbits.
Good News Network
Another excellent website that curates daily good news stories.
Go to: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org
As usual, if you have comments or questions, please post a reply.
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