Consuming the news lately has been exhausting.

It’s important to stay informed, but because of the pandemic there are countless devastating news stories being published by the minute. Factor in the 24-hour news and social media cycles, it becomes a constant stream of doom and gloom.

If we focus ONLY on the negative, we can easily crush our own spirits.

Remember, we have an influence on the mindset of others.

We influence everyone we encounter either positively or negatively.

Constantly filling our brains with stress-inducing, bad news will not only bring ourselves unhappiness, it will negatively affect everyone we interact with. Leave a seed of negativity in the mind of another, and watch it get watered by the media and turn in to despair.  Misery loves company.

But we can’t let the negativity run our lives. We need to pay attention to all the positive stories too.

So, let’s look at some positives happening right now:

 

Businesses Learning New Ways to Operate

Companies like my own realized we could successfully function remotely. Places are beginning to perform daily temperature screenings for their employees. Ford Motor Company is experimenting with wristbands that vibrate when you come within 6 feet of each other. Office layouts are being switched up to give enough space between desks. It’s inspiring to see the many ways businesses are pivoting and adapting the current circumstances.

Coronavirus Research

Scientists continue to work hard at investigating treatments for COVID-19. Outside of researching vaccines and cures, they are also gaining a better understanding of how the illness works entirely. As a result, new diagnosed cases are declining rapidly. The amount of research being done keeps me confident that an effective solution will be discovered soon. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.

Stories of Humanity

The best of America has once again come together during this struggle. Individuals are sewing masks and donating them to their communities. Businesses across different industries are repurposing their manufacturing to produce much needed medical supplies and equipment. Many celebrities have joined the “All In” challenge which has helped raise over $14 million for those in need of food during this time. People are actually taking the time to reconnect with their families, friends, and neighbors who may be lonely or need help. It has been truly uplifting to see so much kindness everywhere.

 

Find the good news.

If you find yourself getting bogged down by all the devastation in the news, take a step back. Ask yourself if you are negatively impacting those around you because of your mindset. Begin to reset your mind by adding positive information to your daily intake of information.

This old adage has never been more relevant. “We cannot control the circumstances, but we can determine our own response.”

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