Good News vs. Bad News

Good News vs. Bad News: hearing the good or the bad, the negative or the positive, concentrating on the bad or the good

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. William A Ward

We cannot make good news out of bad practice. Edward R Murrow

Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare  

    We have a tendency to miss hearing the good news that occurs all around us. Good things happen without our even noticing or only barely noticing. If it is not sensational, catastrophic, ghastly, or does not involve bad deeds, criminal acts or death; it does not get reported or we pay very little attention. We have more of an appetite for the negative than the positive; bad news over good news. The media provides us what we seek. Good news must be dull, boring, of little interest and demand.

    We complain about the news being mostly negative with very few good news stories. This is true for a reason. We are fed the type of news we most want. The motive behind the news media is to make a profit. It exists to make money as it reports the news, be it television, newsprint, radio or internet. If we really wanted the good and the positive, the media would realize this and change their orientation of news from bad to good.

     The psychology behind good news versus bad tells us much. There is a fine line between living and existing in our comfort zones, feeling relatively well about ourselves, and thinking we have it good or better than most. Our emotional balance is relatively fragile. Whatever our image of self has evolved to be, we want to protect and justify it by having reasons and excuses why we are where we are in life. We must live with ourselves. Living in our comfort zones and surrounded by a world of negatives causes us to more easily accept less than our best?

      Negatives bring us down, positives lift us up. The more we engage in the negative, the more we lower our expectations. What we do and whatever we accomplish is very dependent on expectations and attitude. Anything lowering expectations and lessening attitude, will work to diminish us.   

       If we see and experience more of the good things happening all around, we will raise our expectations and attitude and begin to experience more good for ourselves. By replacing negatives, be it the news or anything else, with positives, we will start changing our psyche and self image for the better. More good news is like eating better and exercising more. We are what we eat, see, do and think. We need more positives. Look for the good.

Challenge: The difference between success, failure and mediocrity can be very small. This applies to material success, but even more so to having a good and healthy self image. You are responsible for your lot in life, your self-image, and what you do going forward. Everything that happens, how you perceive it, and how you allow it to influence you, impacts you. Improve your environment and your influences and you will get better results.

Wisdom: Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. Anne Frank  

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

 

That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The very best good news for us to hear, believe and to process is that God is our heavenly father, he loves us, and wants only what any good parent would want for their children. Those who understand this and apply it to their lives, have an infinitely higher quality of life than those who do not know this or have failed to understand it. It is absolutely the biggest life’s difference maker than can ever happen to any of us.

Prayer: Help me to hear and to understand your Good News and to live my life accordingly.

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