8)  Find Good News and Hope

...in the midst of what is happening

  

Our minds and hearts need hope, inspiration, and reminders of good + progress in the world. Yet it’s often easy to miss these things in the midst of all the news about the coronavirus. 

Here are some ways to shift that:

1) Look for small signs of hope, such as...

- increased testing

- slowing down the rate of growth of the virus

- people recovering from it

- people offering help to others

- the cooperation that’s growing among different political parties, levels of government, and countries

- news broadcasts which share signs of hope/progress.

2) Look for who + what inspires you, e.g.

- people caring for each other, offering services, upliftment, support

- companies taking care of employees, and doing good things in the community

- businesses shifting work to create needed products + services.

3) Watch for signs of progress about the spread + treatment of the virus, and with the economy. These might include:

- the closing of coronavirus emergency hospitals in China

- declining numbers of new cases your region, and other countries

- governments providing financial help to citizens and businesses.

Just Remember: At the beginning of any crisis, the news is mostly bad. Thus it can be hard to find stories that bring us hope. But as the situation continues, more and more small signs will begin to appear. Then larger ones... and still larger ones... until we are through the crisis.

Hope, inspiration and reminders of progress -- and people doing good in the world -- feed our soul. They also give us confidence that we will get through, and things will get better.

Look for these. Feed yourself with them. And share them with others.

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The Matterhorn's Lights of Hope

 

The Matterhorn in Switzerland is illuminated daily during the Coronavirus pandemic. 


https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Media-corner/Pressebilder-News/Illumination-of-the-Matterhorn
 

Photo: www.zermatt.ch/en

© Light Art by Gerry Hofstetter / Foto Michael Kessler / Zermatt Tourismus

Confirmed Cases, Deaths + People Recovered from Coronavirus,

from worldwide Coronavirus statistics  (as of October 13th)

Confirmed Cases:   38,036,371

Deaths:                           1,085,352
Recovered:                 28,597,856

Daily updates (for countries around the world):

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Some Stories of Good News + Progress 

(over the past five months)

People helping People

"Rise Up New York" raises $115 million, from goodnewsnetwork.org

A virtual telethon hosted by Tina Fey raises $115 million to support New Yorkers most impacted by COVID-19.

-100% of the money will go to frontline organizations providing food, shelter, cash assistance, mental health, legal services and education in New York City.
- Over 100,000 people donate:  from kids with piggy banks to million-dollar gifts

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tina-fey-cries-over-money-raised-for-struggling-new-yorkers

London's Wembley Stadium + food charities to provide 140,000 meals per week for the hungry, from theindependent.co.uk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/help-the-hungry-wembley-stadium-takeover-food-charity-felix-project-a9503331.html

 


How Los Angeles School District Handed Out 13 Million Free Meals in 6 Weeks, from laist.com
https://laist.com/2020/04/28/lausd_free_meals_coronavirus_budget.php

 

Pakistan puts unemployed to work planting trees, as part of its 10 Billion Tree Tsunami program, from Thomson Reuters Foundation
https://news.trust.org/item/20200428190058-yx6u2

 

Progress with Spread of the Virus  (as of October 13th)

These states & countries have maintained low rates of new cases and deaths over the past several months (and since their peak):  New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Taiwan, New Zealand, Egypt, Zambia, Australia, S. Korea, Japan - from www.worldometers.info

 

To search information for your country, use this URL:
www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/insert country name

Progress with Treatment of the Disease

Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker: an updated list of 22 of the most-talked-about treatments for the coronavirus. (Oct.4th)

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-drugs-treatments.html

These promising coronavirus treatments are saving lives

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/08/these-promising-coronavirus-treatments-are-saving-lives-cvd/

Progress with Finding a Vaccine  (as of October 8th)

Dozens of COVID-19 vaccines are in development. Here are the ones to follow:  Vaccine prospects that have made it to phase three trials and beyond. 

from www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker-how-they-work-latest-developments-cvd

(Click here for more stories of hope + progress)

 

Ongoing Stories of Hope, Progress, and Inspiration

(more continue to be added)

From CNN.com: 

Rays of Hope during the Pandemic

https://www.cnn.com/specials/impact-your-world

How to feed the hungry, protect health professionals, aid refugees and support service workers during the pandemic

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/us/how-to-help-coronavirus-pandemic-iyw-trnd/index.html

Random Acts of Kindness

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/03/19/coronavirus-acts-of-kindness-savidge-pkg-vpx.cnn

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For regular REPORTS on Good News and Progress: 

 

1) thegoodnewscoronavirus.com

2) www.solutionsjournalism.org

or click here for current stories of progress from that site

3) www.justgivemepositivenews.com

4) www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tag/covid-19

For more stories:

1) in the United States:  go to "Impact Your World", from CNN.com
- scroll down to "Rays of hope during pandemic"
https://www.cnn.com/specials/impact-your-world

A guide to helping and getting help during the coronavirus crisis
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-how-to-help/

2) in Canada: go to "Celebrate Together" at canadatogether.com

https://canadatogether.com/en/category/celebratetogether/

3) in the United Kingdom:  see "The Upside weekly report" at theguardian.com

https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/the-upside-weekly-report

How a "positively contagious idea" can spread...

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Children’s drawings of rainbows are appearing all over social media as well as on balconies and windows in major cities ready, ‘’Andra’ tutto bene,’’ Italian for ‘’Everything will be alright.’’ - March 14th

- from ABCnews.com + The Associated Press (photo above) 

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ap-photos-italians-cooped-virus-cope-creativity-69602876

 

Pictures of rainbows have started springing up in windows after schools closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds of schools are encouraging pupils to put up paintings to "spread hope"... - from BBC.com, March 21st

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51988671

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16 beautiful rainbow displays to put a smile on your face during coronavirus. A reminder that we're all in the battle against COVID-19

- from hellomagazine.com, March 31st

https://ca.hellomagazine.com/homes/gallery/2020033187217/coronavirus-rainbow-displays-windows-photos/1/

A teacher's invitation: 1 of our challenges (to kids) was to make a rainbow with household items. We then took all those rainbows of hope & made a "Thank You" video for all the brave Essential Workers in our community.

- from Mrs. Shaw, a teacher in Mississauga, ON, Canada, April 16th

https://twitter.com/mrs_shaw33/status/1251732750924742661

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99-year-old Veteran raises over $20 million for Britain's National Health Service.

Capt. Tom Moore had a humble idea:  to circumnavigate his back garden 100 times before his 100th birthday — hoping to raise £1,000 (or $1500) for the NHS. - from CTVnews.ca

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/paul-workman-locked-down-in-london-day-24-1.4899306

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Captain Tom Moore Receives 150,000 Birthday Cards As He Turns 100!, from Forces TV  (a touching video, worth watching)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWSR9HhYKj8

The funds  (and the story) keep growing...
 

The 100-Year-Old Who Raised $40 Million (£33m) for U.K. Health Workers, from nytimes.com

“The first step was the hardest. After that, I got into the swing of it and kept on going.”  With more on Captain Tom's story...
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/world/europe/captain-tom-moore.html

 

Andrea Bocelli's Music for Hope "prayer" concert

On Easter Sunday, by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance (in a vacant  cathedral), representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTUOek4LgU

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Kind Canadians start 'caremongering' trend, from BBC.com

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51915723

Grandmother of 95 becomes oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus, from The Telegraph (March 23rd)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/grandmother-95-becomes-oldest-person-italy-recover-coronavirus/

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Oldest Woman In Spain, 113-Year-Old Maria Branyas, Has Survived Coronavirus, from forbes.com  (May 12th)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sofialottopersio/2020/05/12/spains-oldest-woman-aged-113-has-survived-coronavirus/#54c95f3c9cfd

From GoodNewsNetwork.org

 

Podcasts/Recordings:

Stories about the ‘corona kindness’ breaking out all over the world, the silver linings, pandemic-positives, and breakthroughs in technology, business, and health   (last recording: Apr. 29th)

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/category/good-talks/podcasts/

Stories/Articles:

Positive Updates on the COVID Outbreaks From Around the World
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/another-roundup-of-positive-updates-on-covid-outbreaks  (March 23rd)

More Stories  (March through August):

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tag/COVID-19/

Restaurant Flooded With Business After Launching an ‘Adopt a Doc or Nurse’ Catering Service

A compassionate way of keeping their business open while simultaneously caring for hospital staffers fighting the coronavirus.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/restaurant-launches-adopt-doc-or-nurse-catering-service-during-covid-shutdowns

(See the restaurant's website on Facebook)

Chinese Company Ships Crates of Masks to Italy, covered in Italian Poetry: We Are ‘Leaves of the Same Tree’

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/chinese-company-ships-crates-of-masks-to-italy

From TVGuide.com

 

TV Shows Donating Supplies to Hospitals and Coronavirus Aid Organizations

https://www.tvguide.com/news/tv-shows-medical-supplies-coronavirus-donations/

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From DailyHive.com

People around the world join together to applaud healthcare workers fighting coronavirus (VIDEOS)
https://dailyhive.com/mapped/people-around-world-applaud-healthcare-workers

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COVID-19 Response from Chef José Andrés,

founder of World Central Kitchen and #ChefsforAmerica:

 

WCK delivered meals to quarantined cruise ship passengers

in Japan....   https://wck.org/news/wck-activates-in-japan

and California....   https://wck.org/news/grandprincess

 

WCK is distributing meals in The Bronx, Queens & Harlem

https://wck.org/news/thebronx

 

#ChefsforAmerica is now launching programs to feed people across America. More at:  https://wck.org/chefsforamerica

 

Chef José Andrés in the New York Times:

"We Have a Food Crisis Unfolding Out of Sight: Mobilize Restaurant Workers to Feed America Now"

https://wck.org/news/jose-nyt

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From Entrepreneur.com

Whiskey Producers Are Making Hand Sanitizer. Here's How They Organized. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/348127

From Global TV News:
‘Team first’: Bauer Hockey making face shields for coronavirus fight
https://globalnews.ca/news/6734828/coronavirus-bauer-face-shields/

Kingston woman raises donations to provide personal protective equipment to nurses
https://globalnews.ca/news/6739828/kingston-woman-donations-ppe-nurses/ 

From Autonews.com

Ford partnering with GE and 3M to build ventilators, respirators, face shields
https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/ford-partnering-ge-3m-build-ventilators-respirators-face-shields
 

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Feeling the need for more good news, beyond the coronavirus?

 

1) see the Good News Network, with inspiring stories from across the U.S. and around the World

www.https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/category/news/

2) Good News stories in Canada

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tag/canada

3) Read this list of stories about global progress, created by Future Crunch, a team of science communicators based in Melbourne, Australia.

99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2019

 https://futurecrun.ch/99-good-news-2019

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