The sun is shining, we have time on our hands and ……………….. yet, how many allow themselves to still be plagued by doubts, fears, worry, anxiety about every little and big thing that might be less than perfect. If we switch on to the mainstream media we would quickly fall in to a depressive funk about all sorts of things and the state of the world?
Now, I’m no Pollyanna and believe we have to acknowledge the challenges in the world and step up to do something about them – this is way more effective than just sitting around complaining, moaning or getting anxious. The reality is, there are phenomenal people in the world who don’t just look at problems and complain, but instead take a positive perspective and set out to right wrongs, find alternative solutions and apply their creativity to finding ways to make a better world.
So, in the spirit of the cool summer vibes, let’s celebrate good things in the world with some of the best resources I’ve come across.
First up – a wonderful article that brings together a big variety of stories where simple, ordinary people did something special for someone else, usually a complete stranger:
Next up, Gimundo compiled 16 inspiring websites to enjoy this summer:
Incidentally, I thoroughly recommend that while you’re there, check out the rest of the Gimundo site and sign up for their weekly newsletter which brings a regular dose of good news stories to your inbox.
So, in case all that wasn’t enough, here are two further choices of mine:
Good News Network
A great website that regularly updates some wonderful stories about good things happening in the world – enough to restore even the most jaded faith in the goodness of humanity.
This UK based site just achieved a great funding exercise online to bring in readers as stakeholders and to fund their growth and expansion. They have a real mission to change the way news is reported and to reach a point where the news can play a positive and inspiring part in people’s lives.
So, I hope i’ve just made all readers very happy and positive to enjoy the summer. There’s something for everyone here.
And teachers, some great opportunities when the new term starts to craft some age-appropriate lessons around good news/ bad news in the world and to help children to see a more positive perspective on the world they’re growing up in.