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A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

What About the Good News?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jun 15th 2009

catastropheSo often we wake up in the morning, go through the motions, and lay our heads on the table, sort of sleepwalking through life. Once in a while, something will wake us up for a moment, and we'll become aware that certain things we're doing aren't really working for us. Habitually watching and listening to the news is a great example. It's important to know what's going on in the world, but maybe not as effective to hear it in the sensational way the networks provide it. They play to our senses to provide ‘eye-popping' and ‘sizzling' upbeat tempo information so we'll stay glued to the screen, so...they can sell advertisements. The greater the drama, the higher the ratings, the more they can charge.

Unfortunately, good news doesn't seem to get too far on our televisions or radios. Here is a piece I like from acclaimed author Thich Nhat Hanh:

The Good News 

The good news 
they do not print. 
The good news 
we do print. 
We have a special edition every moment, 
and we need you to read it. 
The good news is that you are alive, 
that the linden tree is still there, 
standing firm in the harsh Winter. 
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes 
to touch the blue sky. 
The good news is that your child is there before you, 
and your arms are available: 
hugging is possible. 
They only print what is wrong. 
Look at each of our special editions. 
We always offer the things that are not wrong. 
We want you to benefit from them 
and help protect them. 
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk, 
smiling its wondrous smile, 
singing the song of eternity. 
Listen! You have ears that can hear it. 
Bow your head. 
Listen to it. 
Leave behind the world of sorrow, 
and preoccupation, 
and get free. 
The latest good news 
is that you can do it. 

—~ Thich Nhat Hanh in Call Me by My True Names

Feel free to share below what your good news is. Notice if there is a part of you that says "hogwash, being aware of good news isn't going to help me." Thank that voice for its opinion and come back to noticing the good news for a change. Your interactions below provide a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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    thank you - - Jun 16th 2009

    Hi Elisha,

    Thank you for an inspiring post.

    All too often in this day and age people tend to be quite ad-hedonistic, focusing primarily on negativity.

    My partner and I (Dawn Pugh) made a collective decision to stop reading news papers and to stop watching 'The News' on Television, taking control over these aspects of your life can have such a dramatic effect on one’s well being.

    Thank you

    Regards

    Gary Graye

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