I’ve about had my fill of negativity lately.
It’s hard enough that the news seems headlined by one disaster or crisis or violent act after another, with nary a space to breathe, but add to that general negative attitudes and behaviors towards others. I find I have to limit my intake of news and social media so that I don’t become overwhelmed by it. It is not that I think that politics or the news (or political news) isn’t important–and there are some very important conversations happening right now–, but too much is unproductive and too much exposure, even of plain news from quality sources, can be paralyzing and unhealthful.
So this morning, listening to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, specifically the “what’s making me happy this week” segment, I decided that I didn’t want to just limit my exposure to the negative, I wanted to take deliberate steps to remember the positive. Starting today, and with any luck, once a week for the foreseeable future, I will post a small list of things making me happy that week—no matter how small. Feel free to join in—we all could use a little more happiness!
- The brightly colored gold finches and blue jays at the feeders
- The (brief) break in the heat
- Watching Zootopia a second time
- The smell of summer rain
- Happy song of the week: “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves