Scientists are discovering that positive news and information indeed has far reaching benefits. Its been found that positive media does not just affect us mentally or momentarily but can impact the way we go about our day to day lives, choices, well-being, happiness levels, day at work and our deeds!
Research in conjunction with Huffington Post has shown, when people are exposed to good news instead of bad news even for three minutes, have a far better chance of actually having a good day than those who are exposed to negative news. ‘Absorbing negative messages over time can lead people to what is known as “learned helplessness’, says Michelle Gielan who took the initiative for this research and has published her findings in the new book Broadcasting Happiness. The next phase of their research focused on the impact of positive versus negative news around productivity at work.
Reading and sharing nspirational stories does lead to more good deeds in the world, says another study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Positive news is not only known to be psychologically beneficial. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that the effect of being exposed to negative news include how you yourself perceive and tend to handle events in your own life.
In a study by Denise Baden and the University of Southampton it was observed, positive news stories prompt people to engage in positive efforts ranging from environmental protection to charity. For example, people exposed to news regarding a crisis versus news with positive management of the same crisis, later led to the fact if they contributed or not. You can also offer your feedback here: https://www.isurvey.soton.ac.uk/13225
Further, people are more likely to be more engaged in and to share positive or solution oriented stories than negative ones reveals a research in Solutions Journalism.
Hope all this gives us a reason to prefer positive media coverage over the not-so-positive. Huffington Post for instance, has started giving priority to more positive worded stories.
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Bhaskar Dutta is a self-help author and IT specialist based in London.