No Bad News

In today’s world, there seems to be more bad news than good news. The truth is, there’s just as much good news out there; the media just isn’t reporting it. If you’re tired of being fed only bad news by the media, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find lighthearted news: inspirational, funny, uplifting and interesting.

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Ask Yourself Two Questions Before You Keep Something "Just in Case”

Like so much else, decluttering requires that you consider both the theoretical and the practical. While you have to get in there at some point and start throwing things away, you also have to do a little work on yourself. There's an element of self-knowledge that comes into play, and it begins with asking yourself two questions. First, “Could I replace this item for less than $20?” Then, ask yourself, “Could I replace it in less than 20 minutes?” If the answer to those two questions is yes, you can afford to get rid of the thing. Let’s say you find a lighter in your quest to declutter. If you’re not someone who smokes or regularly lights candles, you may never use a lighter. You might tend to rationalize by saying, “What if I need to light candles on a birthday cake?” Realistically, that’s not going to happen, and if it does, a cheap box of matches will do just fine. For some people, decluttering is hard because they get hung up on the “just in case” items. The 20/20 rule works because it’s an objective yes-or-no question that removes the sentimentality and guesswork from deciding whether to keep something, while providing you with a backup plan in the event you actually do need something. So, you don’t have to get hung up on worries about the future and can just trash the item and move on.
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Medical Experts Agree That Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

It turns out that the old adage is true: Laughter really is the best medicine. Medical experts say it works wonders for your mental and physical health, with an ever-expanding body of research pointing to its healing powers. According to doctors, laughter can aid in respiration, maintain heart health, and manage stress, among other benefits. When we laugh, we take a lot of deep breaths, which allows the body to take in more oxygen than it would otherwise, relaxing muscles. Laughing also has a positive effect on the inner lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, helping it release nitric oxide, which is known to relax the arteries that carry blood away from the heart. Relaxed arteries allow smooth passage of oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. Studies have shown that a mere 20 seconds of laughter has the ability to double the heart rate for 3-5 minutes — it’s a form of "jogging for the innards.” Laughter also decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol and alters the activity of dopamine, the body’s reward hormone. Lower cortisol and stress brought on by laughter also relieve muscle tension. Approximately 20 minutes after laughter, physiological measures such as heart rate, blood pressure, and muscular tension, drop below baseline levels. The act of laughing leads to the release of endorphins in the brain, which helps to control pain. Scientists still don’t understand why we laugh, but they say it's something that all humans need.
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A New Jersey Radio Station Has Played the Same Song Every Day For 14 Years

If you happen to be on Valley Road in Montclair, New Jersey, make sure your car radio is tuned to 91.9FM. As if by magic, the same song will mysteriously start playing, as it has every day for the past 14 years. The song is “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men. This romantic interlude is the brainchild of music expert and tech-savvy guru George Louvis (inset), a longtime resident of Montclair. The idea began with brief, one-minute informative broadcasts in front of places such as car dealerships to help with sales, part of an advertising campaign he put together. One day, Louvis decided to set up shop atop the Montclair Diner. It was a way for customers to enjoy a meal with a healthy side of music, guaranteed to repeat as long as you were sitting in or around that special spot. Why the Boyz II Men song? Louvis said a friend borrowed his transmitter and returned it with that song, so he decided to leave it playing. It turns out that people wanted to hear it, which is why it’s still playing today. In fact, an avid listener even made t-shirts to commemorate the unusual radio station, which Louvis points out is a legal, low-powered radio station. He said he tried to shut down the transmitter several times, but people always implored him not to. How long will this local favorite song keep on keepin’ on? Stay tuned!
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