These days, it seems as if we are continuously bombarded with bad news and surrounded by so much fear, anger, doubt and negativity that it threatens to completely overwhelm us. We want to feel proactive, positive, productive, progressive and participative but a cloud of uncertainty and instability seems to be blocking the sunshine of possibility and opportunity. It’s true that misery loves company so if you are feeling happy, you may be feeling increasingly guilty, lonely and isolated and the temptation to become a bitter and chronic complainer is getting harder and harder to resist.
We are often quick to share bad news because we know that we will undoubtedly receive attention, acceptance, support, and sympathy. We are often much slower to share good news because we don’t want to seem arrogant and self-absorbed. We believe that we should modestly keep our good news to ourselves rather than proudly sharing it with others. We put a lot of value on the opinions of family, friends and colleagues and are afraid that they will react with envy, criticism, rejection and skepticism and rain on our parade.
We need to both balance and stem the tide of bad news with a steady stream of good news. After you read this, I want you to think of some good news, your news or someone else’s news, and share it by e-mail, voicemail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or in a face-to-face meeting by the end of today. I want you to make a commitment to start every communication with a piece of really good news and watch what happens.
My day began with both my partner and a good friend sharing their good news and it completely changed how I looked at my day. Even thought the day had just begun, it made my day and inspired me to write this post. I look forward to receiving many more pieces of good news today and every day. So if you have some good news to share, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make someone’s day: share some good news without delay.