The media's bias toward stories of conflict, violence, and division is bad for your health. In this book, Hal Urban shows how to find the positive and uplifting all around us.

The news media thrives on bad news. In recent years, the political climate has become vitriolic and divisive, our country seems more polarized than ever, and news feels inescapable because technology has significantly increased its reach. People who like to stay informed need a lift.

Most people are aware that what they eat greatly impacts their physical health: junk food is bad, vegetables are good. Hal Urban argues that we can nourish our minds by choosing how we consume news, and that when we surrender all that choice to media and external forces, we give up our growth, freedom, and mental health. Countless signs of progress and acts of kindness exist all around the world if you know where to look. And there are positive aspects in our own lives—family, friends, simple beauties, and everyday generosities—that we take for granted. This book helps readers understand that, as the late Zig Ziglar said, "You are what you are because of what goes into your mind."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. 1. Wake-Up Call
  9. 2. What My Students Taught Me
  10. 3. Bad News Overload
  11. 4. The Good News
  12. 5. Happy Hormone Research
  13. 6. Looking for the Good
  14. 7. Count Your Blessings
  15. 8. Good Friends, Good News
  16. 9. Pass It On
  17. Conclusion
  18. Sources for More Good News
  19. References
  20. Acknowledgments
  21. About the Author