“Love can change the world in a moment”
A lot of families either start or end their day by tuning in to the news to get a pulse on current events around the globe. Most news channels will report the atrocities – whether that be violence, famine or terror. Once in a while, that bad will be interspersed with hopeful, inspiring stories. Personally, I choose to focus on those. Stories that promote, peace, happiness and support. It also happens that celebrities, most commonly music artists, are seen supporting these messages. One such story was in relation to Red Nose Day, in March 2017.
Popular singer and entertainer, Ed Sheeran, took a trip to Liberia to meet with children who lead tough lives to help them tell their stories. In this exclusive video, you can see the smiles on the children’s faces as they hold up cards telling us of their career aspirations. A campaign such as this, that supports education and equal opportunity, shows an insight into the type of stories that news channels should promote more. We need more hope, happiness and health in the media. Why? As you know, a lot of our views are shaped by the media. Instead of showcasing the bad, why not showcase and celebrate the good? Small changes in what the media promotes can lead to positive changes in public attitude.
Take a look at the exclusive video from the Red Nose Day campaign and see how it bring an immediate smile to your face!
In similar fashion, Chicago based singer/songwriter, Chance the Rapper, joined with Non-Profit The Empowerment Plan to create a campaign to donate 1000 coats to Chicago’s homeless. Not only are these warm coats, but the website says “The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant and self-heating jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use”. Furthermore, the coats are manufactured at the Empowerment Plan factory in Detroit, which hires “homeless parents from local shelters to become full time seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and gain back their independence for themselves and for their families.”
While being informed of current events is important, it is just as crucial to engage with stories such as these to elevate your mood and brighten your day! Let us know how this post made a difference in your day. And as always, continue to smile and be kind, for “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” – Desmond Tutu.