Feeling Depressed? Here’s The Top 5 Good News Websites

smileyjoint   Feeling Depressed?  Heres The Top 5 Good News WebsitesIf you are like me, then you are sick and tired of all the negative news being thrown at you by the mainstream media outlets. Pick any major online news outlet and you will find the majority of items are about the ever sinking economy, Iraq or someone’s unfortunate death.

Some might argue that reading about people who have it worse can make you feel better about yourself, but I really do not think that is true.

I recently spent one work week (5 days) forcing myself to only get my news from positive news network sites. Believe it or not, there are lots of them out there. Instead of performing my morning work ritual of “catching up” with the world by looking at the big media news outlets, each day I would challenge myself to find a positive news website that “inspired me”.

By the end of the week, I was noticeably brighter and more optimistic. My family and a few friends remarked on it. They were curious to know what I might be taking.

I would like to share with you the top 5 websites that I found that week. Check them out and if you feel particularly inspired, try swapping one out with your usual online new source.

HappyNews

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Started in 2005 by a man from Texas, this website tries to balance out the “disproportionate amount of negative news” from traditional media sites. The stories they feature are real and they often come from mainstream news sources, such as The Associated Press, it is just that they are only positive stories.

SouthAfrica – The Good News

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Talk about a place that needs to focus on good news. These days, South Africa is inundated with violence and turmoil. If any place needs to focus on the positive, they do. And they are. This inspirational web site offers legitimate positive news stories that focus on the good stuff coming out of South Africa.

OptimistWorld

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This website is run by a group of optimists from the United Kingdom. In addition to the daily news feed, they offer a version of the web site in Italian and Spanish (with German and French to come later).

GoodNewsNetwork

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This outstanding website features legitimate news stories from around the world. I really like their free weekly newsletter which gives you the top 10 good news items for the week. At the very least, you should sign up for this.

Gimundo

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I saved the best for last. In addition to the daily good news and positive stories, they have some great videos. Be sure to check out the “Babies Eating Lemons” one. There is no way you could watch that and not smile.

Like the idea of positive news sites? Know of any others that are inspiring to you? Let us know about them.

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10 Comments -

Freak

Violence and turmoil in South Africa? I did not see any this morning. Maybe you mistake it for crime and corruption.

Joy-Seeker

Thanks for 5 new sites to try!! I’ve been going to only-positive-news.com for my “positive news”

Doug

Ummmm, was that happy face smoking something?

That was a great round-up of alternatives to the doom-and-gloom (every time it’s going to rain, the news stations have us on “Storm Watch”) type of reports.

Thanks.

geri

Apparently your “best for last” (Gimundo) has given up their “daily good news” mission. My RSS feed for them hasn’t moved for months.

Thanks for the overview!

Sara

Yeah, I was sad to realize the same thing (after I wrote the article). As hard as it is to admit, I think the majority of people really WANT to hear only bad news. It looks like Gimundo fell victim to the same ecomonic pressures that has burdened everyone these days. I would love to say, “say it ain’t so”.

Could it be true, that all we really want is more bad news?

achim kram

Sorry for the self promotion but I think you didn’t quite capture the full scope of Optimist World.

We too send a weekly newsletter and we too have an Optimist TV section with inspiring video clips.

Users can upload their own stories and have profiles that show whatever articles they have submitted or commented on.

Soon the user profiles will have Optimist ratings – points that are being collected for activity that can be exchanged for products and vouchers etc

…and of course not to forget the most important bit – we give prizes to charity … there is a weekly voting for charities and there will be annual charity of the yeasr award with cash prizes for smaller and medium size charities.

Yes, timing to start a good news project is not ideal, but it can work and we have to be optimistic, right? ;-)

Kathryn Hawkins

Hey there – I stumbled on this a bit late, but just wanted to say thanks for including Gimundo! As someone mentioned, the site was down for a few months, as the company that owned it had folded – I worked for them as editor, and wrote the vast majority of the content, so I was very sad to see it go.

However, last month, my husband Jeff (a web designer/developer) and I purchased the site, revamped it, and relaunched it, and are very pleased to say that Gimundo is back! We are running it in our spare time and paying for expenses out of pocket now, but it’s a mission we truly believe in, and we plan to keep it going and making it better than ever.

Please stop by again and check out the site, and let us know what you think of Gimundo 2.0!

Kathryn Hawkins
Editor/Owner, Gimundo.com

Pete

Yes, mainstream news providers are guilty for suffocating us with their unrelenting, dystopian view of the world but by the same token, too much time suckling from the tap of fringe news providers with a purely utopian endorphin-releasing agenda is blinkering too.
(It’s the news equivalent of happy pills).

I suppose asking for balance is just asking for too much.

Viva

Thanks for the great list- just what I was looking for.

Dj

Thanks so much for the list. I love good news. I believe what someone said that “your input determines your output”.