Arianna Huffington of Huffingtonpost.com said that the media has a responsibility to “cover what is working, to put the spotlight on the good things happening.” She described dedicated sections at The Huffington Post meant to do just that. “We need to celebrate the good obsessively,” she said.
Arianna went on to say, “We need to change the narrative away from this fatalistic hopelessness that is permeating this country at the moment, and towards the belief once again, that as John Gardner said, ‘What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.’”
One of the biggest companies on the planet makes a formal commitment to help decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia throughout the world.
At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In our more than 70 offices around the world, we’re committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive. Legalise Love is our drive to ensure that all of our employees have the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work.
The huge site Huffington Post has launched a good news section.
It’s a little heavy on the sappy, sentimental stuff and light on the themes of dissident beauty, subversive goodness, revolutionary love, and rowdy blessings, but I’m still very grateful for it. It’s a sign we’re moving toward greater parity in the proportion of bad news and good news.
Rob says: “In all the news media, from mainstream to alternative, there is only one source I know of that regularly calls on poets to add their flavors: the PBS News Hour. This is largely due to the influence of my old friend Jeff Brown, who is one of main journalists there. Check out the News Hour poetry page.“
There are smart people out there who are studying the art of happiness.
Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
Idealist News. Social news for all things nonprofit.
Ethical Traveler website: Tips on moving through the world with grace
Ethical Traveler is a nonprofit organization, founded to “empower travelers to change the world.” We seek to use the economic clout of tourism to protect human rights and the environment.
What are your favorite happy or optimistic songs?
For example “Free Energy” by Free Energy or “Mr Blue Sky” by ELO. What songs make you feel alive and wanting to stay that way?
Heal a wounded place on the earth
When the places and animals we love are damaged or endangered, we hurt too.
But by going to these places, telling our stories, and making simple acts of beauty, we heal the land and claim our place in a world we create with beauty, meaning, and even joy
Turning an abandoned industrial building into an urban farm.
In 2008, Sweet Water Organics began the transformation of an abandoned industrial building into a showcase of potential living technologies and urban agriculture. We strive to become a resource for job creation and use of urban settings.
Not just angry complaints, but constructive solutions
Is it possible that there’s some good news coming out of Afghanistan? You be the judge.
These two magazines continue to be wellsprings of crafty optimism and discerning hope and wild discipline:
Rob says: “Lifetime Achievement Reward: The Daily Grail is a prime source for the steady flow of mirabilia. As defined in my book Pronoia, mirabilia means ‘events that inspire wonder, marvelous phenomena, small miracles.’”