We are constantly being bombarded with how bad things are around us. The economy is collapsing, we are under attack, people are corrupt and the list goes on. But did the world suddenly become exponentially more evil? Was the awfulness of society always there but thanks to the ubiquitous media we now see it all the time?
I do not believe everything is going “to hell in a hand basket.” I do think that is what sells in the world and that is what will make the headlines. In general, people have a bad tendency to dwell on the harm done more than on the good.
For example – you’re on Yahoo News and you have the option to open a story about a guy who saved a puppy and a story about another attempted attack in a major US city. Which will you open first? Admit it to yourself – you are more likely to open the story about the attack first, and then if you have time the puppy story. Because you read stories about murder, disaster, flooding, and so on, more than the feel good puppy stories, the news agencies give you more of it. Now the world starts to take on a Doomsday gloom since every time you log on to the news it is about sad, bad, and not so good things.
You might not even notice but you are a news reporter, often highlighting the bad and not the good. Look back on your day. Are you more likely to come home and tell your hubby or friends that Jane at work bought you a cup of coffee to brighten your day, or will you highlight the fact that your boss passed you over for a prime assignment? I fear the majority of us will report the injustice of our boss first, maybe even dwell on it for some time, and maybe mention the coffee as an after thought.
As Mark Wahlberg in the Transformers- Age of Extinction said “So even if you got no faith in us, I’m asking you to do what I do. I’m asking you to look at all the junk and see the treasure. You gotta have faith, Prime, in who we can be.
I challenge you to spend the next week only looking at the good. Try to see the treasure in the junk. Follow the next three steps and see if it changes your perspective.
- Don’t open the stories involving sadness, evil, killing, and politics.
- Really focus on the people doing good around you, however small.
- Say one thing you are thankful for each day.
Good luck. Let me know what happens.