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Thich Nhat Hanh Shares Some Good News

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: May 11th 2012


pressLife can be exhausting in itself. But the things we feed ourselves can gear our minds into states of negativity that end up taxing us even more. 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. These stations pay people a lot of money to find out how to grab our attention in the most skillful ways. The ‘eye-popping' and ‘sizzling' upbeat tempo information hits the right neural receptors that glue our eyes to the screen, so...they can sell soap. The greater the drama, the higher the ratings, the more they can charge.

Unfortunately, our brains just aren’t as drawn to the good news and so this isn’t used as much to get our attention. 

Read this writing from acclaimed author Thich Nhat Hanh and see what comes up for you:

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

Notice after reading this 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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