By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Are you tired of the barrage of bad news, the seemingly never-ending negativity? The news is dominated with doomsday scenarios, it seems, and this is not necessarily a new thing. For a long time bad news has dominated headlines, but the truth is that good news abounds, and now more than ever we need to find and share that positivity.
While we can’t escape reality and need to pay attention to important issues, no matter how difficult to face they may be, we need to balance that with joy, hope, and recognition of the good things occurring. Thankfully there are some sites where you will find that — and only that — and below we list 13 of them. Most of these are sites for good news only, while a few others are not about news reporting but finding ways to cope and thrive no matter what. These sites are all free to the public, although some do accept donations or offer memberships with perks.
1. MSN Good News
On any given day, this Microsoft Network (MSN) site has dozens of good news stories. MSN Good News is a portal to news from around the world that are cheerful, funny, or uplifting. This site has one of the most extensive collections of good news and covers anything from big community campaigns to individual acts of kindness that make a difference.
2. Good News Network
For more than 20 years, Good News Network has provided positive news from around the world and inspiring stories. The site calls itself an “antidote” to the stream of negativity in mainstream media. Here you will read about scientific advancements, acts of good deeds, great accomplishments, nice things that companies are doing, and more. The site is available in Spanish, too, and there’s also a Good News Network app, podcast, book, and online shop for “gifts that give back.”
3. Some Good News
With a fun attitude and a lot of humor, John Krasinski shares happy items from around the world in his Some Good News YouTube channel. Athletes, actors, and even astronauts are some of the celebrities you may find in any given episode. The actor, perhaps best known for his role in the long-running hit TV show The Office, created Some Good News in March 2020.
4. Sunny Skyz
Acts of charity, community celebrations, and stories of love and friendship are some of what you’ll find at Sunny Skyz. The website has been around since 2012 and serves to share good news articles from around the world and promotes love, laughter, and kindness. The site includes happy videos and clean jokes.
5. Positive News
Since 1993, Positive News has served as “a magazine for good journalism about the good things that are happening.” The site practices what it calls constructive journalism, or “rigorous and relevant journalism that is focused on progress, possibility, and solutions.” Here you will read about various topics including science, economics, and everyday life. Positive News is based in the United Kingdom but also shares stories from around the world. In addition to daily posts, Positive News produces a quarterly print magazine.
6. Yahoo Good News
Yahoo has a section dedicated just to good news. The Yahoo Life Good News portal features breaking news and human-interest stories that are positive and hopeful. The content comes from Yahoo and other news sites.
7. Not All News Is Bad
The name says it all: Not All News Is Bad. And this site proves it by sharing articles that show good things that are happening. Creative ideas, good deeds in the community, and just all-around positive developments are what you will find here regularly, even in trying times.
8. Daily Good
DailyGood promotes positive, timely, and uplifting news from around the world. Since 1998, readers have looked forward to good news, inspirational quotes, and suggested actions that people can take to make a difference. The volunteer-run site features articles on work, business, science and technology, nature, mind and body, generosity, and everyday heroes.
9. Fox News Good News
The Fox News network has a Good News page with daily updates that are all about positive action, kind acts, and great solutions to community problems. Community leaders, celebrities, everyday people, and animals all share the stage here, showcasing ways in which good is happening around us all the time.
10. Today Show Good News
The Today Show website has a Good News section where it features funny, happy, and uplifting news, photos, and videos. Much of the content is about entertainers and media personalities (including Today show hosts) but there also are articles about good corporate citizens and individuals.
11. The Optimist Daily
The Optimist Daily is for people who want to make the world “a healthier place for all sentient beings.” To better achieve this, the site states, people should start each day with a positive-solutions mindset. News about progress, actions people can implement, and good things happening around the world are presented as “today’s solutions.” The site also has two related podcasts.
12. Tiny Buddha
This is not a news site, but anyone who seeks joy will find comfort here. Tiny Buddha is a resource for peace and happiness and “simple wisdom for complex lives.” Mindfulness, personal growth, work fulfillment, healthy habits, and love and family relationships are just some of the topics Tiny Buddha covers. Posts are compassionate, relatable, and written from a helpful perspective. Reading the posts here sometimes is as if confiding in a friend who truly listens and wants to help, with no judgement.
13. Elephant Journal
Elephant Journal is another site about “the mindful life.” Its focus is on sharing content that is good for you, good for others, and good for the world, and covers positive approaches to health and wellness, plus love, loneliness, and relationships, and more. Individual contributors share stories about finding happiness, overcoming obstacles to come out ahead, and other ways they have improved their lives. The site has a podcast and sections on yoga and “new non-agey spirituality.”