Thursday, 29 December 2011

Why I Don't Read the News

There is a lot of negativity out there! I was just browsing through some of the news stories on Yahoo and was quickly reminded of why I do not make it a habit of reading the daily news. I mean really, 80% of the stories were about somebody getting killed, a marriage breaking up, there was even a story about how an act of kindness resulted in a teenage boy not being allowed to play the game he loves! I would repost these stories for the sake of academic integrity however, I just refuse to continue to spread such negativity. No wonder people have such a cynical view of the world these days!

So in light of the upcoming new year, I would humbly make the following resolution suggestion:

Do not read the news or your email first thing in the morning, or right before bed. Research shows that our brain continues to process what ever we feed it during the last half hour we are awake. What that means is, if you go to bed reading the news, chances are you have been reading something negative, which your brain will continue to process as you are sleeping. If you read the news as soon as you wake, you will then be starting your day with negative thoughts. As a result you are bookending your day with negativity, and really, there are enough things that can happen in a day that can throw you off your centre. 

Instead, choose to bookend your day with will be surprised at how fast your days go from stress filled to stress free! 

Be thankful. I am always surprised at how many times people disregard the positive things in their life, training themselves not to expect good things, and when they do happen, regarding these good things as merely flukes. The reality is you see what you look for. Have you ever noticed that when you are looking for a car, all of a sudden you begin to notice that exact make and model all over the place? Start acknowledging the little every day blessings for what they are....blessings! Start giving thanks for every little blessing you is then that you will begin to recognize the abundance you have in your life. 

Pray. Whatever your belief system is, learn how to ask for the things you need. I am always surprised at how many things have been given to me...through providence....just because I took a few minutes to speak humbly with God. I know a lot of people who don't ask because they think the answer will be no, but somtimes....the answer is yes! Take time to pray. There is an old adage that says: No God, no peace......but Know God, Know peace.

It is my sincere prayer, that in the coming year, all of you who read my blog will come to Know peace.

Who knows, maybe God will say yes.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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