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The Power of Good News

In a world where most news seems to be bad news, the odd good news story can make a real difference.

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Michelle Gielan, author of Broadcasting Happiness, is confident exposure to a positive news story can have a genuine impact on your day.

As part of research conducted alongside The Huffington Post, Gielan reports that “watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27 percent more likely to report having a bad day six to eight hours later. Those who watched transformative stories, on the other hand, reported having a good day 88 percent of the time.”

UC Berkeley have evidence to suggest that how happy you feel directly translates into feeling less stressed, being less likely to fall ill, and increased productivity.

With that in mind, what would it mean for employees and businesses to ensure their employees are exposed to good news?

It’s the power behind this simple idea that startup business BonusNovus (latin for the good news) want to utilise.

By providing industry-specific good news direct to your inbox every Monday morning, BonusNovus hopes to cure ‘The Monday Blues’, whilst also promoting new ideas and positive discussion in the workplace.

At the moment, the service provides feel-good stories relating to the environment, science, healthcare and technology – with more tailored topics coming soon.

Thrive Global is perhaps the exception to the rule when it comes to mainstream media reporting, which in the 21st century is quicker to report what’s gone wrong, than what’s gone right.

Unusually though, there is evidence to suggest media outlets are making a mistake from a financial stand-point, as much as an ethical one.

Studies show that advertisers may be more willing to purchase ad-space against feel-good stories than negative ones.

Moreover, even the most negative news stories can be given a positive twist, with readers being shown the way to do something about the problem.

In the words of Michelle Gielan “You’re talking about … not necessarily only reporting on feel-good stories but reporting on even sad stories in a way that doesn’t convey the message that the world is broken and you can’t do anything about it,”

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