Don’t blame the media. Don’t blame the government. Blame Darwin and the occasional saber-toothed tiger.
We are surrounded by bad news because of evolution. Our brains developed to deal with an overwhelming amount of stimuli, mostly in the forms of threats to our safety and acquiring food and shelter. We watched for bears and worried about our next meal. Good news, quite frankly, wasn’t important.
This affects us today. When you’re on the freeway, do you stop and gawk at the motorist who successfully exits the highway? Or, do we slow down and gawk at the car accident at the side of the road? The media promotes the unusual and trends that threaten us before it shows us the common and trends that benefit us, even though, as we’ll see, there are far more opportunities than threats out there.
I believe this gives us a distorted picture of the world — and, in fact, may keep us mired down psychologically. We focus on the bad and ignore the good. (Although, to play my own devil’s advocate, it may also keep us from being complacent.)
Anyway. This week, I’m passing on links to prove my point.
Good things are happening, even if you believe your life, your world, and your reality sucks.
From Reuters, data indicate growing economic momentum.
There’s good news about job growth on Yahoo News.
Global poverty is shrinking — Pro Bono News.
From working in a sweatshop to being a billionaire, on the Good News Network.
Leukemia cure in one study — may just be the beginning, according to story at ABC News.
Quantum computing researchers are making impressive discoveries, according to one of the companies on the forefront of this new industry.
Exoskeletons can increase worker productivity. That’s from Next Big Future.
3D Printing? Yeah, that’s coming to, says the Wall Street Journal.
And lots more…