No News Is Good News

During my workshops, I challenge people to swear off all news media for a week. Cold turkey. I ask them to check in on their energy level each day and by the end of the week, they’re all more energetic as they haven’t been absorbing the media’s constant stream of negativity.

It is a bio-spiritual fact that bad news are emotionally draining. It’s a fact that while viewing, hearing or reading about robberies, murders and rapes, we release hormones, such as cortisol, which damage our minds, bodies and spirits.

When my mother asks “how do you know what is going on if you do not watch the news or read the newspaper?”, I tell her that I do know what’s going on: someone was murdered, the financial community cheated someone and we are at war with someone. Right?

I do not watch the TV news broadcasts. I have trained myself to only read articles with a positive vibe. I do scan the internet for optimism filled stories because I know they are out there.

It may seem like I live in a bubble, but that’s not the case; I just refuse to flood my system with negativity every day.

Life is too short. I want to enjoy it.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to “No News Is Good News”

  1. Reggie Greene / The Logistician Says:

    As you are aware, I wrote a piece recently on local news coverage of crime, and questioned whether it was proportionate, and fair and balanced, in terms of coverage of the other “newsworthy events” taking place.

    I have a tendency to “pick and choose” those news items which I will “absorb.”

    In thinking about this further, I began to wonder about the effect on the kids. We tell them that it is important to keep up with current events and watch and read the news. Arguably, the press and the media have a responsibility to them, apart from showing cartoons on Saturday morning.

    This is a big deal in terms of forming the psyche of a nation. We should all think about this one in more depth.

  2. kevintouhey Says:

    You are absolutely right Reggie. And as an educator,I’m definitely not advocating ignorance, but as you pointed out, where do we draw the line? When does it become pornography of the real or just plain exploitative?

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