As you have probably noticed, bad news makes news; good news has to struggle to hit the headlines.
Just today, for instance, the news is about a train crash in Bavaria, Germany which has killed 9 people and seriously injured another 50. The second headline I saw featured a man who died after setting himself on fire this morning outside Prince William and Kate’s home in London. Headline number 3 featured the violence in Hong Kong, followed by a revenge killing in Dublin, and the starving refugees fleeing Syria. Your list might feature different bad news, but I bet it’s mostly depressing.
I’m not blaming the media for this. Good news is hardly ever as surprising as bad news. And it’s often boring. A train crash is news: the thousands of trains throughout the world today that ran smoothly isn’t. Or what is there to say about an ordinary shopping day in Dublin or London or Hong Kong?
But I did read some seriously good – and interesting – news today.
The prevalence of dementia among people over the age of 65 in Britain over the last two decades has dropped by some 22% per cent. And they don’t expect that decline to reverse itself. Because the improvement seems to be due to improved life style and better health care in general.
As someone who is well over 65, I find this especially good news.
And especially grateful for parents who gave me an appreciation of the importance of nutrition and exercise on that Ohio farm where I grew up.