What is Positive News and What Are Common Factors?

The more I speak to people the more I see them get excited about Positive News For You. Comments like “I hate the news” change to “I will have to check it out”.

People want better. They want good things. They don’t want to be pounded about the bad stuff.

This morning I was telling a friend about the homeless man in New Haven Connecticut, where she was fun. The man had found a $10, 000 check and returned it to the owner. He was blessed in return with a new apartment and payment for his real estate education.

To another woman who trains dogs, I mentioned the story of Oregon dog trainers. It takes as much energy to discuss a positive story as it does a negative one. We simply need to change our perspective and our conversation.

Over the last few months, I have noticed a few things about the stories we publish and the consistency of people’s liking of them. They fall under certain headings and in no particular order.

I may not have hit them all, but those are the ones that climb on our site statistics. Have I missed one?

Positive news provides a tension or a conflict. It stands up to a world that sometimes seems to be going to hell in a handbasket. Just to stand in the face of negativity is a feat in itself. But maybe that is just what draws us.

So much of what triggers a positive news story is an incident. Not just a bad situation but maybe even a good one. (The winning of the World Series is one.) Many of our stories we share are because something popped up or surprised people. (The shooting in Las Vegas or Texas. Who would expect that? Certainly no one. Yet heroes erupted.)

But here is my favorite. David versus Goliath. Who is the winner when the chips are down? It will be the story of the little guy who overcomes! We love those kinds of stories.

I continue to believe we can change the world.

We think good. We see good. We embrace good. We do good.

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