Seven (Good) Things:

 

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My seven things normally are just a collection of things from around the internet. I decided to do things a little different this time and highlight seven good things that we might have missed with the world focusing on all the bad news. It’s part of my effort to be a more positive person and focus on the things that we should be celebrating in life.

Here are seven good things!

  • This article talks about how “charitable giving reached an all-time high in 2017, with donor generosity cresting the $400 billion mark for the first time U.S. history.”
  • This tweet from ABC is reminding us that we’re still working miracles and giving people (and cute babies!) the gift of sound, something that used to be unheard of.
  • According to this article the number of Jobless claims has declined for four weeks in a row, with the jobless rate at an 18-year low of 3.8%.
  • This article is reminding us that being good to others actually improves our health and our well-being.
  • Everyone loves animals, and we’ve been doing something about it, thanks to wildlife efforts, we’ve gotten these animals off the endangered list.
  • Smoking is deadly, but it has hit a new all time low, as reported in this article by AP, meaning that we’re working towards a healthier tomorrow.
  • The longest running study on happiness found that our good relationships have the biggest impact on our health and overall joy!

The bad news has become the norm. What can I do about it?

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It’s the 23rd of April, another attack has happened, this time in Canada. I saw it, scrolled through Twitter’s hashtag for it, and I didn’t feel much, because I’m used to bad things happening in this world. I’ve become desensitized to terrible news, acts of terrorism, and mass killings. When I realize that all I’ve done is sigh and say “again?” I feel bad about it, because there’s no sympathy in that- there’s no horror in it.

But it’s what happens when bad things become the normal.

Terrible acts aren’t new, they’ve been around as long as we have. But in this age of mass sharing we hear about it more. We watch it on TV every night, we get news updates on our smartphone as they break. It’s constant and because of that it’s normal.

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