3 Reminders That It's Not All Bad News

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This week began with devastating news. Many Americans filed into work—morning coffee in hand— only to learn that 12 people at the D.C. Navy Yard lost their lives in a tragic assault.

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While I know it’s in the nature of the news to give you every up to the minute detail (CNN, Facebook updates, and Twitter feeds), today I wish we could just turn this coverage off. Let the families of the victims grieve, force the law makers to reflect, and give the rest of America time to pick themselves up.

In the midst of this bad news, I nevertheless stumbled across these 3 uplifting headlines from this week—if nothing else, they are reminders that not all news is bad news.

1. Panera Bread CEO, Ron Shaich, is living on $4.50 a day for a month. Why? To raise awareness for those suffering from hunger. According to TIME magazine, Shaich—who makes $3 million a year—has chosen to live on the average daily benefits provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka, food stamps). The Panera Bread CEO is participating in this hunger strike through a program called SNAP. It may seem small, but the rumbling stomach of one CEO  could help feed a family.

2. Thai mobile phone carrier, True Move H, warms the heart. My eyes were too teary to make the connection between the story in this advertisement and phones, but it was—well—moving. Either way, this—now viral—advertisement is a testament to the reality of human kindness.

3. Marky-Mark graduates High School. Mark Wahlberg dropped out of high school in 9th grade, he explains in a column for the Huffington Post,

“My circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today, who live in tough working class neighborhoods surrounded by drugs, violence and crime, and who struggle to stay on the right path without positive influences.”

With a successful career already under way, why should Wahlberg bother taking the pains to get his high-school diploma?  Wahlberg explains that he did it to be an example to his own children and a positive influence for children who look to him as a role model. Props Mark.