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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Resolve not to watch the news first thing today

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We've all heard the phrase "woke up on the wrong side of the bed" and I'm sure we've all used it at least once in our lives- when talking about someone else with a deep frown or snappy tongue. Or we've all found ourselves speaking to someone mid morning telling them about what a bad day we've had, starting with snubbing a toe, coffee spilt, a traffic jam or the meeting we were late for. The point is, there are so many things that can pile up early enough on a day to make it go "sour" and leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth and one of these things is watching the news.

The way you start your day greatly affects the way your day goes, if you hear good news, you'll have a bounce in your step- and when you hear bad news it almost seems to make your feet drag along the ground.

And the news headlines are full of bad news! It's true and we're addicted to it- every morning most of us wake up and hear bad news. Every morning I try my best to get out of the house before someone switches on the TV for an early morning dose of terror and pessimism. But what does watching the news first thing in the morning help? Nothing really- except feed that part of us that subconsciously expects the world to go to hell and something negative to happen to us in life.

How about starting your day off with something optimistic- like a prayer if you are a praying person, a motivational program or podcast. Your favourite music, something that makes you laugh and smile and then when your day is moving to a good beat then catch the news. I listen to the news when I get home at six pm. That's when I ask whoever has been obsessing about the headlines "So what's happening in our rotten world today? Oh… a terrorist attack in some part of the world. Man charged with rape and murder…"

I think you get the drift- I'm not saying don't watch the news and that what's on the news is not important- because it is! To fight the many evils in the world we need to be informed about them, but that shouldn't be what you greet your day. I'm not even saying that you should watch the news at 6pm like I do- but you could start your day off with something that motivates you and then immediately switch on the news- that way something else has framed your view of life and the world before you start hearing all the negative things.

Resolve2day to not start your day with the news. Trust me, you’ll feel like a much better person at the end of this day.

N.C Ronia

Special thanks to Helmut Gevert for making the photograph available for use. Click on his name to go to the profile on www.scx.hu

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