Tired of negativity? Then it's time to listen to Cause Talk Radio
A political outrage here, a scandal there. Another tragic murder story in your community. Or maybe the nth school is being closed in your town.
One thing is for sure, you don't have to go out of your way to hear negative news every day. Just turn on the TV (or check your online news feed) and you're overwhelmed by negativity, possibly to the point of anxiety as the Huffington Post discussed a few years ago.
Since there is so much negativity in the world, you might just need to counteract it with a (steady) stream of positivity. I laugh at myself as I write this because I never thought that I would be one of those #positivity people. Quite frankly, that kind of stuff almost made me roll my eyes in patronizing contempt. Pft, #positivity, how cute.
However, things suddenly became a lot less cute and a lot more serious once the political/social events of the last 2-3 years plunged the world into an absolute abyss of crippling negativity. Dear Lord, have things swung to the dark side. Things have swung so far to the wrong side of the pendulum that even a pretty cynical person like myself has buried patronizing contempt and realized that we should become more conscious and deliberate of the quantity of bad versus good news that we consume on a daily basis.
Although what follows might not necessarily be the perfect solution, it has certainly helped balance the positivity-negativity scale of my life.
Cause Talk Radio
Yep, the Cause Talk Radio podcast. Why? Because every week they talk about something good that a company is doing or has done in the past. Specifically, they have quick, 20min conversations with CSR representatives from companies all over America and beyond to talk about some of their social-good programs. Although some episodes are a bit more business-heavy, you don't have to care or know too much about the intricacies of the CSR/nonprofit world to hear about Zappos sponsoring pet adoptions, Lowe's raising close to $2 million dollars for the Boys and Girls Club of America, or Leesa Sleep donating 1 mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 it sells.
Just as a disclaimer: I'm not saying that you should be uninformed, stick your head in the sand, and ignore ALL the (negative) news. Ignorance is not the answer. I'm merely saying that it's time to seriously question the wisdom of flooding your life with negative news just so that you can boast that you're an informed citizen. Instead, maybe it's more useful for the greater good if you learn about positive stories that inspire good ideas in your mind that then help you solve some type of problem in your community (this has absolutely has been the case in my experience). Hence, I suppose the point of this post is not necessarily to advertise Cause Talk Radio, but more to encourage you to find some kind of influx of positive (and objective!) news that stimulate creative juices in your brain.
And maybe, just maybe, that creativity can help defeat all the darkness that our world finds itself in. And maybe...
You can be that hero.
See you, Space Cowboy.