A Guaranteed Laugh to Brighten Your Day; Ninja News Ep. 2
Mar11

A Guaranteed Laugh to Brighten Your Day; Ninja News Ep. 2

I had to give this little shout out to two of the funniest friends I know and love, Nick and James Aragon. These two ALWAYS know how to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. They really are their own show. Enjoy the Ninja twins!

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Event asks: Can we change the news for good?
Mar07

Event asks: Can we change the news for good?

Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness, believes that the news should include more coverage of constructive and empowering stories Photo © Action for Happiness Positive News will take centre stage at an event exploring how the media can more accurately and usefully reflect reality Can We Change the News for Good?, organised by Action for Happiness, will take place at 7pm on 25 March at Conway Hall in Holborn, London. Both Positive News editor Seán Dagan Wood and the newspaper’s patron, former BBC news presenter Martyn Lewis, will offer insight into what has become an increasingly popular topic. While Positive News has pioneered a credible, positive journalism approach for 22 years, debate about the role of media in society was reinvigorated by a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary. Good News is No News charted the rise of a wave of alternative media outlets which are challenging ingrained ideas of how the media should be. And even the mainstream press is now taking note. Wood said it is an exciting time for discussion. “When society faces deep crises but is making progress on many fronts and holds so much potential, a more balanced approach in the press can create a fertile ground for society to respond to its challenges in an empowered way. “Digital technologies are disrupting the media industry while evidence is showing that positive stories are in demand, can engage audiences more and benefit society.” “If we want a happier and more caring society, we need more balanced news.” The approach championed by Positive News chimes with Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness. His organisation provides resources to a growing movement of people who are committed to creating a happier and more caring society. “Action for Happiness has convened this event because we sense that people are absolutely fed up with a constant diet of negative and cynical news,” he explained. “They don’t want more fluffy ‘cat rescued from tree’ stories – but they want the news to be more balanced and to include coverage of constructive and empowering stories alongside the more negative news, which of course must still be reported.” But a solely negatively-focused media, Williamson said, has a “toxic and detrimental impact” on national wellbeing. “It heightens our anxiety and reduces our levels of trust and social cohesion. If we want a happier and more caring society, we need more balanced news. So it’s great to see publications like Positive News taking forward this debate and helping to change the news.” Like what you’re reading? Positive News depends on your support to publish quality inspiring content. Please donate to help us continue pioneering...

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The Revolution in Motion; A ‘Thank You’ That Made My Day
Mar07

The Revolution in Motion; A ‘Thank You’ That Made My Day

A few days ago I received a letter that made my day. This is exactly what the Love Revolution is about and why I will continue this site for as long as possible. Thank you for this message and for your beautiful heart Aivy! —– Hi Cara, I’ve followed your twitter pretty much since ABDC and even though that was a while back, I just wanted to write for the first time and let you know how much I appreciate your website and the good news you share on a regular basis, given the cesspool of snark we’re often faced with on the internet. I’m a psychology student myself, in the process of changing careers after 10 years working in Silicon Valley, because I was steadily growing dissatisfied with the idea of my life’s work being to make rich people richer, as opposed to helping those who actually need and deserve it. Positive psychology has most definitely been a game changer. I check out your site whenever I need to get inspired and reminded of the good in people and the world, and I look forward to whatever else you have planned whether it’s on this site or creatively. congrats also on your baby girl, she’s beautiful. thanks,...

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25 Powerful Images of Animal Love Can Teach Us So Much About Ourselves
Mar04

25 Powerful Images of Animal Love Can Teach Us So Much About Ourselves

We can learn so much about love and ourselves by observing animals. Their interactions are a sure sign of that expression through body language without verbal communication. One look at these pictures is all it takes to appreciate not only the love between animals of the same species, but also cross species.Mammals have the same brain structures and intricate emotional systems hard wired in their brains. We often do not give animals as much credit as they deserve for being complex, thinking, sensitive and empathetic beings, but they are. In fact, they demonstrate an unconditional love that all humans can learn from in their daily lives when dealing with each other. The emotions from animals are simple and pure. They don’t suffer from the same emotional entanglements that humans do. They don’t have love-hate relationships with each other, or experience judgement to any degree. They don’t care about how much money you make or what you look like. According to this study, people tend to ascribe lower levels of mental functioning to animals that they are about to eat. Another interesting study in the journal Appetite suggested that an animal’s perceived intelligence is the main factor in determining whether or not we will be disgusted by the thought of eating it. Emotionally, children are more like animals because their frontal lobes are still growing and don’t mature until sometime in early adulthood. If we want to understand what love truly is, our observations and research would be well invested in studying animals....

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