When I wake up, I flip on the national news to see what’s going on in the world. I hear about natural disasters, war, infidelity, death, and the bad economy. In the evening, I check in with local and national news on TV. I hear about natural disasters, war, infidelity, death, and the bad economy. Now, don’t get me wrong, these things are important and I want to know about the bad along with the good. But the balance of bad and good news on TV seems out of whack. I only see occasional stories about good things – things that inspire or make me smile.

I have never worked for a media company, so I don’t know how the TV news organizations decide what to broadcast. So I wonder why there is so much focus on ‘bad’ news and so little focus on ‘good’ news. Since I don’t have much control over what I see on TV, other than turning it off, I thought I would look around and seek out some ‘good’ news. Here’s what I found…

Sources for News that Inspires or Brings a Smile

Ashoka is a non-profit organization that works with social entrepreneurs around the world to implement solutions that bring positive change. Ashoka sponsors a global online community, Changemakers.

Beyond Profit
Beyond Profit features articles about social enterprises that seek sustainable solutions for poverty, climate change, education, and health issues.

CNN Heroes
Each year CNN recognizes Heroes: “every day people who are changing the world.”

Good News Network
The Good News Network is a good news aggregator. The content is organized into categories like Business, Earth, Health, and Inspired.

Social Business
Social Business spotlights companies and individuals who work to create positive social change around the world.

Some Favorite Good News Stories

A Woman’s Race to Save the Congo
Lisa Shannon founded Run for Congo Women to raise money to help women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dot.Com Camps
Samasource arranges outsourced computer jobs for disadvantaged people and refugees in developing countries.

Lost Love and Lady Liberty: Foundation Helps Seniors’ Wishes Come True
Jeremy Bloom’s foundation Wish of a Lifetime grants lifelong wishes to seniors.

What do you think?

  • Do you think there is too much emphasis on ‘bad’ news on TV?
  • What are your favorite good news stories?
  • What inspires you?