Watching the news can feel like going ten rounds with a champion boxer.
From wars to terror attacks, tragedies to political nightmares, trying to keep up with current affairs is almost an exercise in self-loathing – it’s one bad story after another.
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Not only that, but it’s no longer reserved to the 6am, 6pm and 10pm telly slots anymore – smartphones, social media, rolling news channels and those godawful Breaking News push notifications (turn them off for a bit, trust me) have made all that awful news impossible to ignore.
It can have a dreadful impact on our mental health too, being bombarded with such an incessant stream of sadness and tragedy.
Thankfully, one Instagrammer is tackling horrible news head on.
Good News Only (or @tanksgoodnews) does exactly what it says on the tin, sharing only the heartwarming snippets of the news cycle. Launched in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and initially inspired by the way citizens came together to help each other out in its aftermath, George Resch has since attracted over 204,000 followers to the page.
‘I remember watching the news when I was younger and thinking “You guys get a half hour to tell us what happened in the world today, and THIS is what you want us to know?”,’ Resch tells metro.co.uk.
‘I’m not an idiot or Pollyanna about the state of affairs in the world, but I’m also not so dishonest to think that ONLY bad stuff happens. I was personally having great experiences with great people and I knew that I couldn’t be the only one.
‘Turns out once I started looking for good news, there were even more awesome people doing even more amazing things than I had been experiencing in my own personal life.’
He’s not wrong – from acts of heroism, to people overcoming personal struggle, and everything in between, Good News Only’s page is a one-stop shop for amazing and inspiring happenings.
‘The best part of starting the page is now I have to actively search for what went right today. It’s changed my entire perception of the world,’ he continues. ‘I was always a pretty positive dude, but finding stories for the page has taken that to the next level.
‘Typically I find the stories on Reddit, Twitter, or by luck, but I also receive a ton of uplifting news stories from the followers, which is also great because it means that they’re seeking out good news and their attention has shifted.’
Resch encourages people to sign up to post notifications on the account, to get a steady stream of uplifting headlines delivered straight to their phones. Seems like a pretty good way to temper the flow of rubbish notifications.
What’s the ultimate aim, here? Just to change people’s outlook on the world, one uplifting story at a time.
‘I’m not looking to change the world or save mankind,’ Resch admits.
‘I don’t actually think the world needs changing! Since the beginning of time there have been unspeakably horrific acts committed by humans, as well as incredibly inspiring kindness – it’s all going on, all the time.
‘My only aim is to inspire people to avert their eyes and fixate their attention on all that is beautiful about mankind, instead of all the ugliness. I’m not saying to pretend everything is awesome.
‘I don’t even think we have to pretend, we just have to shift our focus, and that will naturally shift our paradigm. Then you won’t be able to help but feel that the world is actually pretty amazing.’
Sounds like a pretty good outlook to us – nice work George.