One of my guiding principles in life is that, oftentimes, no news is good news. But I don't mean that in the usual way. What I mean is that, if you really want to be happy, don't watch the news.
Don't misunderstand me...I like to be informed. I don't want to be completely ignorant of what is happening in the world around me. But there is so much going on that is so unpleasant and that I have no control over, that sometimes, not watching the news is the best option. In fact, therapists will often recommend this to patients who are anxiety-ridden or depressed. Being bombarded with messages of doom and gloom over which you have no control is enough to drive anyone to the brink of suicide.
Occasionally though, I forget. The other day, I tore myself away from the computer, made myself some lunch and sat down in front of the t.v. to enjoy it. It was exactly 12 noon, so of course the noon news was just beginning. By nine minutes past the hour I had heard about a fire that gutted someone's home, an accident involving two trucks, a robbery or two, a home invasion, another fire, and two stories about two separate men in two separate places in our viewing area beating women with baseball bats. Not one positive story to give me any hope that life was still worth (Read more...)