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Jun 7, 2024

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" --Fred Rogers

The Good News You Might Have Missed

We get to choose whether to despair or hope. And it is increasingly difficult to choose hope in a world with headlines about famine, war, intolerance, and disaster. That choice, however, can be made more equitable, when we also choose to widen our field of vision to include less attention-grabbing, click-oriented headlines. Angus Harvey delivers a striking reminder in his 9-minute TED2024 talk that there are plenty of hopeful stories worth bringing into focus: diseases like Hepatitis C were eliminated in Egypt and AIDS prevalence declined across the world, extreme poverty declined to its lowest level in human history in 2023, and deforestation across the Amazon Basin declined by 55 percent. “This is not some weird attempt to cancel or balance out the bad news,” Harvey admits. “But if we want more people to devote themselves to the task of making progress, then maybe we should be telling more people that it's possible to make progress.”


For every article or piece of news you consume today, take the extra five minutes to find one or two pieces that highlight and champion the positive efforts across the globe. Look for the helpers.
Consider what news story could be written about you, in your community, as a helper.