How About a National Good News Day

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I don’t know about you, but I’d really like to see the media declare a National Good News Day. It would be a day of nothing but good news from our newspapers, television, Internet, and radio.

In 1944, when our world was in a state of chaos, Johnny Mercer wrote Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. I love this part of the song:
 “You got to spread joy up to the maximum
 Bring gloom down to the minimum
 And have faith, or pandemonium’s
 Liable to walk upon the scene

 You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
 E-lim-i-nate the negative
 And latch on to the affirmative
 Don’t mess with mister in between.”

A few of you are probably thinking, “Yeah, right! What kind of fairytale is Robin living in?” Well, think about it for a moment: Wouldn’t it be great to hear about jobs being filled, houses being sold, bad accidents being avoided, crime rates dropping, kids doing well in school, and divorce rates dropping? I am certain these things are happening, yet our media focuses more on the bad news. I’m not saying the media are bad guys. Americans are used to late-breaking news and we tune in. It’s similar to driving by an accident and looking.

On a National Good News Day, the media could put aside their ratings game and report nothing but uplifting stories. I’d wager that we Americans would have a more positive outlook on life. We would feel more reassured about ourselves and our neighbors. We would feel more confident about our economy improving. There might be less squabbles on the playground, less bickering in the house, less road-rage, and less crime. We might see more smiling from other shoppers, pedestrians, and co-workers. People may experience less headaches, stomachaches, and other aches and pains. Moods would be better on that day.  

So, how ‘bout it, my fellow Americans? A day, once a year, where our media and we can Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive?


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