Hello again, blogiverse!
There’s been a lot of bad news floating around. Just like always, right? But lately, it’s been weighing on my heart, and I’ve been wondering what I can do about it. I can’t walk around and single-handedly remove all the violence, hate, tragedies and trauma from the world, but I can do my best to balance it out. We can all balance it out by being loving, compassionate people, just sayin’, but I’m talking more specifically.
When I was growing up, I was never allowed to watch the news. It never got turned on in our house. Seriously, in my mother’s house I can recall watching the news twice: once on 9/11, and once when Steve Irwin died. Even now, when my husband checks the BBC I ask if there’s any good news, and if there’s not, I don’t ask any more questions. I rarely ask any more questions.
As a “highly sensitive person” I try to avoid the news because one bad news report can ruin my whole night. My skin crawls every time I see someone get hurt- I can’t even watch Ridiculousness, so putting myself intentionally in front of bad news just seems like a stupid idea. The important stuff gets through via social media and casual conversations, but as far as the other stuff goes? I’m good.
So I’ve decided to do something to offset it.
I have decided to do a weekly feature of good news from around the world. I’m talking feel good stories, like people helping people, animals getting taken off the endangered list, diseases being cured- you know, just genuine stuff that makes you feel good. Every week I will post a handful of links with a short summary so you can feel free to jump to whatever you want to hear more about. Or, just read the headlines and know that there are good things happening out there. 🙂 my hope is to help amplify the good news aka the news that is being drowned out by all the noise made from the negative.
So, for my first week, I’m posting links to four stories from around the world that were reported this week.
First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper Body
California man Kristopher Boesen was treated with stem cells after a motor vehicle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Three months later, he can now use a cell phone, sign his name and hug his family.
Little Boy Gets Magical Send-off from Make-A-Wish
6-year-old Giovanni leaves on a Disney vacation sponsored by Make-A-Wish in a magical way.
Farmers, Cattle Rescued
Farmers and cattle were rescued after becoming surrounded by floodwaters.
‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin May Enhance Feelings Of Spirituality
A study conducted on 83 men showed that those who received oxytocin through a nasal spray vs. a placebo reported higher feelings of spirituality, connection, and feelings of awe, hope and wonder during meditation. Side note: where can I find this nasal spray??
That’s all for this week, folks! It took me a long time to find these articles, but I enjoyed the challenge. Until next time!