A couple of weeks ago while on business in Denver, I walked past a newsstand noting the headlines of two major newspapers. The Wall Street Journal: “Greek default looms large.” USA Today: “Afghan man recounts soldier’s deadly rampage.”
Threatening or salacious news sells, regardless of the medium in which it is delivered. The lead story is uniformly negative; the “feel good” story comes at the tail end of a broadcast.
Perhaps exposing ourselves to some bad news can be timely and germane, but when we’re inundated with doom and gloom, it becomes increasingly more difficult to refocus our energy on what’s uplifting and positive.
There’s an ample supply of good news in our world. Finding it and aligning ourselves with optimistic people who support it makes for an incalculable investment in our sanity.
Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.