Does anyone else cringe when the news notifications pop up on your phone? I don't even know what it says yet, and I'm already cringing. I set my news notifications to the
very least so I wouldn't be bombarded with bad news all day long, but alas some big
things make it through.
I read an intriguing piece in The New York Times a few weeks ago, The Man Who Knew Too Little. Basically, ever since November 2016 one man, Erik Hagerman, has been conducting a personal "blockade" of the news. Initially, he was just taking a break from the news after the 2016 election, but a few days turned into a few more and thus, "The Blockade" was born. This Ohio resident has no idea about ninety-nine percent of what has happened over the past year and a half. Now, while many envy Hagerman's ignorances of the overflowing stream of bad news, most couldn't conduct their own
"blockade" or even want to.
Twitter seems to be the place where everything is going down. You get breaking news, statements from officials, personal opposition all in one quick glance at your news feed. Inspired by Hagerman's experiment, I went ahead and conducted my own over the past few weeks. I made it my goal to find at least one positive tweet, conversation, or news story every time I checked my Twitter news feed.
I offer you the following good news, funny tweets, heartwarming conversations to brighten your day and to remember that "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light" and yes I did just
quote Harry Potter, smiling yet?!
Are you smiling now?!