Did you know that in 1930 only 18% of the countries in the world allowed women to vote? In 2020 that figure has changed to 99% of the countries in the world.
The news isn’t great these days. An American president who has been impeached, wildfires devastating Australia, a horrific plane crash over Tehran, and rising tensions in the middle east. The news, in fact, has not been good for a very long time. After the American election in 2016, I found myself much more worried about the state of our world and began checking news sites far too frequently for my own good because they just seemed crowded with one bad story after another.
To try to ease the tension and anxiety all that negative news created for me I began to do a series on my blog called Good News, where I did a drawing about something positive that was happening in the world. As I searched for items to include in those Good News posts I came across some excellent groups and organizations that focus solely on positive news, great things that are happening in our world and are often overshadowed by all the negative news.
I now subscribe to three newsletters that fill my inbox with positivity. The first is Positive News. Although it is a British publication and many of its stories are from England it has good news stories from around the world as well. Check out this story about What Went Right in 2019 for a list of 20 uplifting examples of good stuff going on in our world like the way reforestation programs are gathering momentum and how death statistics for HIV are plummeting and how the world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched.
The second newsletter is Beautiful News. It is just jam-packed with wonderful things that are happening in our world every day. You can check out a sample of beautiful news here. On the site’s home page this week you will find stories about how more and more people are gaining access to electricity, the way a dozen countries are doing a spectacular job of recycling and the fact that famine deaths worldwide have dropped dramatically.
I just discovered Reasons to Be Cheerful on Sunday when I heard an interview with David Bryne, the musician of Talking Heads fame. Reasons to Be Cheerful is his project to collect good news as a kind of therapy for our world. I now get their newsletter as well. In the latest one, you can read about people who take former inmates just leaving prison into their homes, how a city in Spain has managed to dramatically reduce the number of cars on their streets and the way the Housing First initiative has gotten thousands of people who were living on the streets into homes.
One of my maternal grandfather’s favorite songs was Keep on the Sunny Side. The newsletters I have mentioned here help me to do just that. Why not subscribe to one of them?