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How does the news make you feel? Happy, sad, hopeless, mad or like you are drowning? There are days when it makes me downright angry.

Take a deep breath, step outside your box and look around. What do you see?

Perhaps: “I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you.

And I think to myself what a wonderful world”…Louis Armstrong

I love that song. It brings memories rushing into my head and heart. This is the song I have heard played at funerals and wedding receptions. It has special meaning to me, but mostly it says so much about seeing the good in everyday living.

Perhaps: Paul Harvey. Did you ever listen to the news and stories that Paul Harvey told to all of us on the radio? If I Were the Devil – Paul felt that many of the things he was worried about in the 1960s had gotten much worse, to the detriment of souls of Americans. That just might be appropriate for today’s world.

How about this for some good news that I recently read:

In November 1922, Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a lecture series. During the journey, the 43-year-old learned he’d been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.

Einstein stayed in a secluded room at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. When a courier came to his room to make a delivery, he did not have any money to tip him. Instead, he handed the messenger a signed note, written in German.

“A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”

That note just sold for $1.56 million.

Some more recent news, both sad and sweet:

A little girl had a sack full of her money she had taken from her piggy bank. When her mother asked her what she was doing with the bag of money she told her mother that there was a little girl in her room at school that didn’t get to have milk at snack time.

The mother then responded that her daughter put her in tears.

The child said this: “I am going to give it to my friend at school because she doesn’t get milk for snack. Her mom doesn’t have any milk money and I do, so I am going to share.”

I saw a list of things that teachers do to try to influence good in their classrooms. Have a look at these two:

“We go around the circle and say a compliment to the person sitting on your left.”

“During one activity, the students sat with their backs to the white board and their classmates were able to surround them with messages. I didn’t place any stipulations on the messages and the students wrote very positive characteristics of that person or compliments, even with people they don’t necessarily get along with. Many students were anxious about sitting there without being able to see what was being written or by whom. In the end, when the student turned around to read their board, many became emotional. One student said, “I’ve never felt more a part of a group, I didn’t know you guys even liked me.” This was definitely successful in giving students a confidence boost and spreading love to students that normally keep to themselves.”

And from some of our readers:

“I’ve been noticing that there are TONS of opportunities for kids to go trick-or-treating, both in Nevada and around Ames. So many churches, neighborhoods, businesses and other types of organizations reach out to provide a safe, not-scary space for kids to get candy and treats. And some of them have more fun than getting candy, like carnival-type games, bounce houses, etc. It’s hard to keep track of it all!”

“Story County Responders Care have been painting pink ribbons in people’s yards as a fundraiser. Many positive stories during people’s greatest times of struggle.”

“I’m working at the Heartland Senior Day Center. They are the best group of people and I get to hang out with them every day!”

I loved when I read and saw in the news what was taking place at the University of Iowa, more particularly at the home football games. You probably saw it too — the “Wave.” At the conclusion of the first quarter, everyone stands up and waves at the children who are on the top floor of the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The children love it and how cool is that? A new tradition that I am sure will continue.

I guess what I am trying to communicate is that if we are kind to each other, helpful when needed, use positive ideas to influence children — eventually all of this will produce fun news, good news, great news, glorious news and even magnanimous news.

My good news, actually glorious news, will be when I get to write the announcement that a cure is available for our Charlie. But, in the meantime, if you have a good news story that you want to share, please let us know. Telling your stories are the ones that mean the most.

There’s no news like good news!