Keeping up to date with the news can leave you feeling down after a little while. After all, the stories we see and hear in mainstream news tend to have a negative outlook. Change up your feed and bring a little more positivity into your life, while keeping informed, with a happier news outlet.
“The Happy Newspaper does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a newspaper that celebrates all that’s good in the world,” says its creator, Emily Coxhead.
As well as a quarterly print publication, Emily shares little snippets of good news on Instagram, accompanied by cheery illustrations and bright colours. “My aim isn’t to cover up the negatives or pretend that terrible things aren’t happening, but instead I want to remind people just how much good stuff is left in the world,” she says.
Launched in 1993, Positive News was the first media organisation in the world dedicated to sharing what is going right. Starting as a quarterly print title, they now publish daily on both their website and social media too.
“I notice the expressions of commuters reading the morning papers – they rarely look joyful,” says editor, Lucy Purdy. “It reminds me of the need to counteract the negativity bias in the press,” she explains. “We want to inspire and empower readers instead.”
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If you’re a fan of Insta illustrations, then The Happy Broadcast is for you – illustrator Mauro Gatti picks his favourite positive news stories and then presents them as colourful infographics on social media.
“It was born as a way to deal with my social anxiety caused by the constant stream of negative news,” he says. “I wanted to use my art to spread some positivity, in the hope that it inspires them to spread some good news themselves!”
Originally a blog created when founder Kelli moved back home after college, Happsters shares daily facts, images and inspiration through social media.
“I wanted to spread positivity and kindness around and meet local happy people,” she says. Kelli has also launched Happsters Squads; groups of women who get together to do activities. “We provide a safe space for women to come together to grow, connect and give back to the community,” explains Kelli.
‘Good News Guru’ Geri Weis-Corbley was listening to the news on the radio with her son when she first came up with the idea for the Good News Network: “I thought, ‘When will he start hearing all of this negativity that’s going into his consciousness?’”
She launched her website in 1997 with a mission to share positive, compelling news stories from around the globe. “Good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is,” says Geri.
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