New Year Challenge: the positive view

Louise Hay Affirmation

In surprising ways the unfortunate outcome of the 2016 U.S. election wound up leading me to a transformational year in 2017.  One change arose from the outpouring of vitriol that started appearing on social media.  The constant dire warnings, fake news reports and generally combative tone that filled my Facebook wall led me to turn in the other direction.  I began looking for positive news every day and after a while it changed me.

When people write or speak about the terrible problems of the world today, I now just think, “you’re not looking in the right places if you think that represents the majority of the world.”  Seriously.  The media has chosen to emphasize things that frighten people and it suits the powers that be because the fear helps them collect funds for military, police, etc. and to distract people from the real causes of problems by giving them “others” to point the finger at.

We pay a price for the focus offered by our leaders and the media.  It shapes our world view and keeps us from seeing or acknowledging the multitudes of good people and good events that happen all around us.  Julia Bacha discussed this brilliantly in this short piece:

I started hunting around and found The Good News Network, the Positive News Network, the Huffington Post’s good news section, and SunnySkyz.com, to name a few, where I can find stories of heroism, altruism, innovation, environmental turn-arounds, etc. on a daily basis.  I also found groups working for peace and compassion, people promoting compassionate discourse, etc.

After months of looking for good news every day (along with a lot of chanting and meditating), I suddenly realized I could look at the mainstream news and just shrug because I no longer believed it represented a true picture of the world.  My whole outlook has been shifting and the more I seek and find amazing stories of kindness, heroism, ingenuity, etc., the more I believe the world is filled with more good than we let ourselves see.

So my challenge to you for 2018 is:  Look for the good.  Every day, find a story that uplifts or inspires you.  Check out the We Are the World blogfest, for which people post positive stories from around the world every month, as well as the above links to find great stuff.  Search for groups and/or organizations that are working for peace or to help people.

Then I invite you to write about how it has affected you personally to explore the positive side every day.  Sign up here for a month in which you would like to post and when your month arrives, put up your post, link to this post, tag it 2018PositivityChallenge and link to the next person on the list.

I’m starting it off with Feb. 20 to give the first person time enough to search for positive stories and see how it affects him or her.

Feb. 20, 2018

Mar. 20

April 20

May 20

June 20

July 20

August 20

September 20

October 20

December 20

January 20, 2019

Let me know in the comments if you want a particular date.

9 thoughts on “New Year Challenge: the positive view

  1. Fabulous post Leigh. And so important. I purge my FB feed regularly of the dross, and share positive stories when I find them. Thanks for these links – I’ll be sure to check them out. here’s to a positive 2018!
    Alison

  2. Thank you for sharing the links, Leigh. We really need a lot more heartwarming and inspiring stories to balance the depressing and disheartening dominating the news, mainstream and elsewhere. I earmarked and am now following these sites and am so grateful, thank you!!! ❤ 🙂 Big L ❤ ve, Big, tight Hugs, & Brightest & Magical Blessings to you, Leigh!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Hi Leigh,
    I am sorry to say I have been absent from most of the blogs that I follow, but I made a concerted effort to catch up here and I am glad I did! I personally watch CBS Sunday morning news as a regular practice and seek out positive stories in the Sunday paper ( I read Phila Inquirer and NYT on actual paper, lol!

    I appreciate the links and your sentiments. Following the positive will attract more positive and can change brain circuitry. I applaud your devotion. I still do get dragged into the negativity, but have reduced my time on MSNBC. While I enjoy their programming, it can often instill fear and a very myopic view of “reality”.

    blessings,
    Linda

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