Dodging the doomscroll

That said, Joan Cornella is a legend
Build a strict funnel to keep your brain safe from the toxicity
  1. Topics. Reserve your mental energy for things you truly care about, and what you can do something about.
  2. Location. The further away something is happening from you, the less likely it is that it actually affects you, or that you’d be able to do something about it.
  3. People. Follow journalists and writers who cover important topics in a professional way — focusing on the breadth and depth of issues on their merit rather than telling you how to feel.
  4. Passive consumption. Get your information, and disengage. There is no good that will come out of being a keyboard warrior. Nobody listens to anybody in the cesspit of comment threads (particularly on issues like politics and gender), and everyone just comes out of it feeling angry.
  1. r/upliftingnews: Like most popular social media/aggregation sites, the doomscroll is a standard Reddit experience, particularly on its news and politics forums, which only gets exacerbated once you scroll through the comments. However, there also exists r/upliftingnews, a subreddit with 16.8 million members which describes itself as “A place to read and share positive and uplifting, feel-good news stories.” This aggregator subreddit is probably your best bet as the sources below, while doing the job well, don’t have the sort of budget it takes to
  2. Positive News: Positive News is an independent magazine that describes itself as ‘the magazine for good journalism about good things’, publishing stories on their website every day with a quarterly print edition as well. They are crowdfunded, with over 1,500 “co-owners” ranging from readers to journalists, who form the candidate and voter pool for the organization’s board of directors.
  3. The Optimist Daily: This is an independent, reader-funded project whose stated mission is “To accelerate the shift in human consciousness by catalyzing 100,000,000 people to start each day with a positive solutions mindset.” While a cursory glance can make the website seem focused on conservation and alternate energy, they also have a significant number of articles on personal development and life hacks.
  4. Location-specific: There are multiple country-specific websites with focus on reporting the good stuff. One example is The Better India, a Manthan Award winning online news platform focused on positive stories.



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