Go on a News Fast
Negative news sells. In our society, more people will choose to watch the criminal trial of a celebrity rather than the biography of a truly great human being. A news paper with a headline revealing the latest tragedy will sell more copies than one announcing the latest scientiﬁc breakthrough. The real problem is that it is easy to get addicted to reading and watching negative news. I know so many people who begin their days by reading less than uplifting newspaper stories and who end them by catching up on the latest crimes, accidents and scandals on the late-night news.
I am not against newspapers or television by any stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact, I ﬁnd excellent information in many newspapers and have learned much from the intelligent TV programs I have watched over the years. My point is simply this: become more selective in the news you expose your mind to. Be more deliberate in the way you read your newspaper and in the way you watch your television. Before you start reading the morning paper, have a purpose in mind. Use it as an information tool to serve you and to make you wiser rather than as an excuse to help you pass time.
One of the best ways to wean yourself from the “news addiction" that so many of us suffer from is to go on a seven—day news fast. Vow not to read even one negative story in the newspaper or watch even one negative news report on television for the next week. You will notice two things. First, you will not really miss out on much information. You will still hear about the most important stories of the day from the conversations that circulate around your office and through your encounters at home. Second, you will feel much more peaceful and serene. As well, you will ﬁnd that the seven—day news fast offers yet another beneﬁt: more time to do the things that will truly improve the quality of your life.