It is scientifically proven that being bombarded with good news is also good for our health.Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
On social media or on TV, being in more contact with good news would also be good for our health
Good news, or the art of giving good news. The world would appear more rosy to us if some good event were told to us, in spite of the ugliness that seems to invade us every day. It's not like that, or rather, it's not all like that. The good news is there and it would also be good for our health to listen to it a little more.
Everything is shot at us in bursts, even if we were aliens without a shred of heart. But the heart is there and, arm in arm with the mind, it suffers a lot if around it sees only catastrophes. It is scientifically proven, in fact, that receiving rather good news is good for your body and mind.
Something that refreshes and gives us one full of positivity, which can be as much the wedding of British princes as news such as the halving of world hunger.
In short, we do not allow constant attention on social media and on TV to take our psyche hostage. What would it take to lift us up? Just a few beautiful story of a loving humanity to be inspired by and in front of which to rejoice even for a moment.
It is no coincidence that some American scholars argue that our nervous system was simply not designed to handle a daily barrage of bad news, containing the worst of the human race, brought from all corners of the globe. This sort of "flood" is too much for most people.
The trend towards sensational nasty scoops on television began in the 90s: since then it has been thought that good news was too light and unattractive, without calculating that - on the other hand - gradually an overabundance of pessimistic and depressing stories could have created the perception of a world full of crime and greed that is disproportionate to reality. It's a bit like a child is given only junk food, which gradually becomes everything he knows and wants, but if he were offered fruit as a snack he would learn to enjoy it and thus gain the benefit of a healthier body.
It would not help much: simply a more constructive journalism, which spreads positive news and gives a vision of reality far from those who want to make it negative. The reason is obvious: reading good news is good for our health.
In a study of around 3 healthy adults, a University of London found a few years ago that those who reported Optimistic moods had lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that, when high, leads to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and even abdominal obesity. In the study, women who reported more positive emotions were less prone to chronic inflammation related to heart disease and cancer. The authors of the article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2008 concluded: "People must recognize the things that make them feel good."
Two other studies have associated optimism with heart health: Researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health found that a charge of optimism reduces the chances of developing heart disease and the rate of lung decline with age. "Lung function declined significantly faster in the pessimists, even taking into account major biological risk factors," it said. Similarly, a Dutch study of elderly men found that those identified as “optimists” were associated with a 50% lower risk of cardiovascular death during the 15-year study.
Basically, it has been shown several times that the stronger the concentrations of negative news and media, the higher the levels of stress and anxiety. All this could also be explained in terms of "loss of confidence": what are we? Where have we got to? How bad is there around? What strikes us as mind-boggling is the negative news, such as the van killing wildly, which unleash powerful and conflicting emotions.
In short, making pure news “sustainable” would be a good natural method against heartbreak. Positive news, if passed more often, could save us from anguish, set in motion virtuous cognitive processes and reassure us.
Seeing, reading and sharing beauty could set off the machine of beauty and who knows that the resulting optimism is not the preferred way to a better world!
- Optimism and happiness are good for the heart