We live in a turbulent world right now with lots of uncertainties. I recently read that one sector that is going really well though right now is the media. And I can really imagine that - during this period I have clicked to the online newspapers several times a day, and I usually only check the news once or twice a day. Maybe it's not that strange since it feels like there are constantly so many major things happening in the world. However, we must remember that newspapers love to highlight the extremes. Big red headlines like PANDEMIC, CRASH, or PANIC gets a lot of clicks.
I recently listened to the episode "8 Ways to Deal with Negativity" in Jay Shetty's podcast. Shetty read the book Factfulness by Hans Rosling and he realized that all the positive news happening in the world are not shared. For example, he had no idea that in the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved. The share of people living on less than $1.9/day fell from 34 percent in 1993 to 10.7 percent in 2013, according to World Bank. That's an amazing achievement of human kind and not so many people know about it.
From Hans Rosling's book Factfulness
Slow incremental positive changes are not that exciting for media to report about, maybe because it's never considered a piece of news. The sad thing though is that negative news affect us more than we might think. Research has shown that individuals who consume just three minutes of negative news in the morning has a whopping 27% greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later compared to individuals who consumed more positive news, such as more uplifting stories of e.g. disadvantaged kids struggling to win a school competition or an older man bouncing back from previous failures to finally get his GED.
To stay sane in our turbulent media climate, Shetty shares in the episode eight strategies to handle all the negativity surrounding us. Here is our notes:
1. We FEEL negative news but we do not FEEL positive news in the same way. We are sad about a loss for a week but we celebrate our wins for just a day. Therefore, start feeling the positives more. One way of doing that is through gratitude. Practicing gratitude makes you feel the positives more.
2. Make sure you read the good news (like Hans Rosling’s Factfulness) and SHARE it. It’s dangerous to think things are worse than they are since it can make us feel paralyzsed.
3. Be selective with news. Avoid alarming news channels. Ask yourself "Is the news useful, necessary or helpful? If not - avoid it.
4. Don’t be surprised by bad news. Every generation has been under the impression that the world has never been as bad as it is right now.
5. Don’t judge before researching more.
6. Don’t make a final conclusion without having all of the facts. Emotions should be based on facts (then they can’t control you). Negatives can limit us.
7. What’s in your newsfeed feeds your mind. What do you want to see first thing in the morning?
8. Find your way to get the news sources you want. Choose what you want to get exposed to.
Of course we should not be naïve and block out what is happening in the world. We just want with this blog post to spread awareness about how negative news really are affecting us and that media makes money from selling negative headlines. Therefore, you should create strategies on which news you consume and how you consume news.
What are your thoughts on this? <3