It seems like every time we turn on the news, we're fed with bad (sometimes fake), fear-mongering, and shocking headlines that make us feel as if the world is falling apart.
Unfortunately, this takes our focus away from the actual good news that's happening throughout the world. Yes, there are still good things happening on our beautiful planet.
And one artist, Mauro Gotti, who goes by the pen name The Happy Broadcast, decided to illustrate some of the many GOOD and POSITIVE things currently happening in our world today.
The artist said in a media outlet:
"When I'm working on The Happy Broadcast, I try to pick news that has an international appeal and touches themes like animal rights, climate change, and science. News that shows how much we're progressing on many fronts despite being often bombarded with few-mongering headlines."
"I think there are many reasons why negative news is dominating the media. It's like a sudden disaster, it's more compelling than, for example, little improvements."
"Bad things can happen quickly, but good things aren't built in a day, and as they unfold, they're out of sync with the news cycle."
As humans, we have this thing called "negative bias" that often makes us respond quicker to bad or dangerous situations.
Today, this bias is getting in the way of our well-being and happiness, which in turn affects our productivity because most of the headlines surrounding us (whether in print, online, or on our phones) talk about how the "world is ending."
The artist says on The Happy Broadcast website:
"I'm honestly fed up with all the bad news everywhere. I am not a journalist or an influencer, but I want to use my art to spread some positivity."
"I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media."
"That's why I illustrate and share positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself!"
I think we all need to find a balance between negative and positive news. From climate change to economy and politics, negativity and bad news surround us everywhere we go.
One potential solution could be limiting the amount of bad and fake news (slowing down our personal news cycle) and adding some positive news to our "news diet." This will make sure our view of the world is more optimistic instead of pessimistic.
Also, we need to invest time in dealing with misinformation or deception and the reliability of news sources.