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News cycle got you down? Feeling lethargic, unmotivated — or just not like yourself these days?

That’s understandable. First, the emotional toll of this global coronavirus pandemic is real. Second, because mainstream news always presents more negative stories than positive ones.

Why? Because negative headlines are irresistible to our brains. Really — like a moth to a flame, we can’t help but click, or keep watching. 

But there’s good news. Literally. Good news expert Tank Sinatra is here on MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast to talk about the life-changing media habits that can help you stay positive, motivated, and informed.

There is a direct connection between what you're watching, reading, and listening to all damn day, and how you feel. Click To Tweet

Tank shares daily good news with millions of people through his Tank’s Good News website and social media accounts. Due to this global crisis, his work is more popular than ever.

If you want to learn how to take care of your emotional and mental wellbeing during this extraordinary time (and beyond), don’t miss this episode. 

Click to download the episode now from wherever you love to listen, or hit play below. After you listen, join me in the comments for an important insight into action challenge. 

*Psst… we’re introducing some fun new things on the podcast. If you haven’t subscribed, DO IT. It’s perfect for any time you clean, exercise, or sit down to work on that quarantine puzzle. 😉

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DIVE DEEPER: How to stop focusing on the negative and Rick Hanson’s brain hack for building inner strength. Plus: our Coronavirus Support Guide.

2 Simple Ways to Invite More Good News Into Your Life

Over the last few weeks, we’ve received a lot of voicemails from folks who are not feeling like themselves. Some expressed feeling lethargic, unfocused, and unproductive. If you’re feeling this way, know that this is a very natural response to what’s happening right now.

Reducing the amount of negative news you consume can help. Here are two ways you can start right now.

Step #1: Reduce Your News Consumption To One Serving A Day.

This is simple, but oh-so-effective. Find a local news source that gives you the facts and leaves you feeling strong. 

Limit your conventional news intake to 5 – 10 minutes max. Then, be done for the day.

For example, right now I watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily news briefings each night, with a nice little bowl of popcorn on my couch. He delivers the facts with precision and empathy. He separates facts from his opinion. No matter how bad, terrible, or painful the data, I always feel informed and hopeful. I appreciate his warm communication style. Frankly, it’s exactly what I need right now.

To be clear, by limiting our news consumption, I’m not suggesting we turn a blind eye to everything negative or close our hearts to the very real suffering and pain of others. We must never, ever turn away from the truth. 

But setting a limit on the amount of negative news you consume each day will help you stay mentally and emotionally strong. This way, you’ll have the energy to turn the pain and heartache of this moment into helpful, productive action.

Step #2: Increase Your GOOD NEWS Consumption With The 5:1 Rule

Negativity bias is a powerful evolutionary force. My friend and neuroscientist Dr. Rick Hanson says, “Our brains are like velcro for negative experiences but teflon for positive ones.”

Translation? It takes a lot more positive news to combat the negative news — five to be exact. I’m basing that off of a longitudinal study by the psychology researchers Dr. Gottman and Robert Levenson, who discovered it takes five positive interactions to make up for a single negative one. 

Yes, negativity is that powerful. With that in mind, I suggest we apply that 5:1 rule to our consumption of negative news.

Each time you choose to consume one bit of traditional news, seek out five pieces of good news to counterbalance it. 

Tank’s Good News Instagram account is a great place to start, but there are also thousands of other good news media outlets. Just Google “good news” and you’ll find plenty to click through. 

Even better, you can create good news through today’s insight into action challenge.

The Good News Insight Into Action Challenge

Ready to make some positive change? Today’s insight into action challenge has two parts. Answer one or both in the comments below.

  1. What’s your new maximum limit of news consumption for each day? Is it five, ten, or 20 minutes? What’s the source and when will you get the information you need? I suggest as late in the day as possible to avoid starting your day with news. It’s not the healthiest or most productive use of your time. Be specific and you’ll make it easier to keep your promise with yourself.
  2. Mute or unfollow negative accounts that are in your social feeds and replace them with uplifting ones. (And if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram because I always post fun, inspiring, funny, and uplifting content.) Share your go-to sources for positive, good news in the comments below. 

Share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your words may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough. Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

If you’ve spent any time around these parts, then you know I take a strong stand for kindness. Please write and respond to each other in that same spirit.

Make no mistake, your health, happiness, and joyful contribution makes a real difference. More than you might know.

With enormous love,

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  1. paddy faller

    just love you and your stuff! wish everyone was as fun and positive as you!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thanks for your kind words, Paddy. We’re so glad that you’re here with us. Be well.

  2. I am experiencing a sudden sense of grit and resolve. And I can attribute that to listening to Marie Forleo on a weekly (sometimes more) basis. I’ve had terrible and long bouts of clinical depression all my life, and just before COVID, I had a traumatic experience involving guns, and then the lockdown. I’ve been isolated from my family—I could not go to my home Province due to recently having been through New York City. Then, the unthinkable happened. TWO DAYS ago, Canada’s worst mass shooting in history happened down the road from where I am staying. It happened on the fifth anniversary of my Policeman brother’s death by suicide.
    Did I fall into a depression? No, I’m experiencing what I can only describe as resolve. My new habits, including Marie TV, and all the recommended books and readings, have been a stabilizing force in my life. I have a habit of limiting exposure to bad news. Yes, I need to know what is going on, but I don’t need to linger on it.
    Yes, I get depressed, yes, I feel pain—agony even—over the events I have been experiencing, AND, because I have more positive words sifting through my brain on a daily basis than negative ones, the resolve and grit are winning. I feel the pain, I process it, cry, and by golly I’m going to do something *with* it.
    You are doing important work Marie Forleo. Thank you.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Oh, Tammy, you have certainly been through so much. We see you and please know that we’re sending you so much love. We’re so sorry that you went through that traumatic experience and the dates in which all things have happened. It’s all so much.

      Your words are an indicator of your strength, resolve, and beautiful heart and we’re so honored that you shared them here. You are so loved, Tammy, and with each day that you chose to focus on the good and your growth, the more you’re filling the world with your light. We need it. Sending you a hug and all the love we can squeeze into words. xo

      • Heidi

        Sending you much love, Tammy! I agree! Daily doses of Marie (current or older content on YouTube) and VERY limited news keeps me relatively upright ? and resolved.

        • Thank you Heidi. Stay resolved!!

      • Thank you so much Heather. I feel the love!

  3. Samuel Felix Amoiah

    I just love you so much and your show is very educative, but please I need your help with covid-19 and the lockdowns I am broke, I am appealing for your help please, take care of my family and myself. Thank you

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi Samuel. Thank you for being here with us. We’re so sorry to hear that you and your family are going through such a hard time. While we may not be able to help financially, we have compiled a list of resources that may be helpful during this time. YOu can find that here —-> https://www.marieforleo.com/2020/03/coronavirus-support/

      You’re always welcome to email our team at [email protected] and we can share additional resources and episodes of MarieTV that you may find helpful. We’re here to listen and help in ways that we can.

  4. SUBHASH VIRSINH NISARTA NISARTA

    Thank you so much for contacting with me and most of all I remember you, So I can’t do anything because of Corona effects So I am healthy and happy I think same thing to you. be happy always.

  5. Kerry

    I love “the kindness pandemic“ which is a Facebook group started in Australia. It is every day people telling their positive stories of what they are experiencing right now. Very warm and uplifting stories.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We love hearing about kindness all over the world, Kerry. Here’s to sharing more beautiful stories wherever we are. xo

  6. MG

    This is exactly what I needed at this time. My friends, got pissed while discussing current affairs and said well you need to stay updated and then join the conversation ! Blah my point was why should we sink deeper into problems whereas we can utilise this time to create, build, reflect and grow. During this lockdown amidst all the problems I still decided to launch my business and this was only possible because I follow you and each and every word that you share gives a new meaning to my life. That’s why I felt compelled to leave my two cents here cos this is the least I can do to render my support to your incredible gigantic pieces of work. You are truly a wonderwoman ! My inspiration in every true sense.Wish I would have found you earlier on in my life but now that I found you I shall treasure you for life.

    Lots of love, MG

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Congratulations on your business launch, MG!!! We’re so happy for you and celebrating this BIG moment in your life. Amazing work that YOU did. We’re so glad that our work has played a small role in encouraging you to go after your dreams. Keep it up and know that we’re cheering you on.

  7. Dear Marie,
    Today I put on my bucket list “Have Marie as a VIP – Guest on “Alma of the Airwaves”. I lost my fear of death when I sobered up in 2011 but I take my bucket list very seriously these days. It will take 2 minutes of your time – actually 1,5 minutes – I just want my audience to “see” you – that you are real. Very simple. Tank Sinatra already said yes. (Maybe because his level of compassion as a recovering human is on the very top of the scale.) I am so darn happy we are contemporaries, Marie and as always: Viva the Internet! Keep being, Sweetheart – our world is blessed to have you up and cracking in the past 20 years! Alma

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi there, Alma. Thank you for being here and for your kind words. We love that you have such an awesome and rich list of goals that you’re going after. We actually handle all requests for Marie through our [email protected] email. Our team looks at every request and gets back to you. We can’t wait to hear from you.

  8. Thank you for your constant words of wisdom Marie! I want to share a huuuge positive story from the UK. A gentleman called Captain Tom Moore decided to walk 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday in April. He smashed that target, and has raised over £27 million for the UK National Health Service! He also made a single with Michael Ball which is now at number 1 in the charts. A fantastic good news story and proof that you are never too old to make difference!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Louise, thanks for sharing this amazingly inspirational story with us. Hooray for Tom and Michael! xo

  9. Eva Alfonso

    Thank u!! It was great!!

  10. I love, I adored, adored, adored this episode! As recently as yesterday, I said to a friend of mine living overseas, “I’m going to unsubscribe from a lot of websites that have kept my mind in limbo (some of which I haven’t never subscribed … well, at least from what I remember being in limbo) and keep those who inspire and motivate me”. And BAM! Your podcast ˆMarie arrived in my mailbox this morning. I’m definitively throwing them away and I will keep those essential to my mental health, including those of Marie Forleo!

    P.S. By the way, I’m not a total wreck though (thank God!). This morning, for example, I did the exercises recommended by my physiotherapist (yes, because of a secondary fracture of a vertebra following a fall) before grabbing my tablet (gush, I’m reaching this tool like if it is a candy bar lately, even though I’m usually not into sugary stuff!) to listen to this podcast.

    P.S.S. A question (may be a new episode? Or a link to a previous one? Remember, my mind is still in limbo!). Since I feel like a fiery horse that you have to hold back because it could cause more damage than good. Why not then make an episode for those whose head wants, when the body cannot? The episode could be titled – How to fire your brain when your body just want to be in a warm bath and cannot move as fast as your spirit…while not losing your sanity during the process! Thank you again and stay safe!

    Finally and especially. One of my mentors, Cécile who is 82 years old with Alzheimer’s, is fighting against Covid-19. Could you have a little thought to facilitate her recovery. Thank you for your kindness!

  11. Irene

    AMAZING!!
    Thank you so much for this episode, it was fun, inspiring and informative as well. I used to have the news on during the day, kind of as “background sound”, before you say it, I know, I know, what was I thinking, news instead of my favourite music. Before this, we had the whole Brexit thing going on and I found it interesting, but then, after the pandemic started I noticed I was feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted. What it used to be normal, listening to the presenters voices, started to be just noise and all that was entering my brain was the sadness, the fear, the numbers of people suffering. So, I started reducing my daily dose of News a while ago, thank God. As you say, I’m aware of what’s going on, it worries me and I pray for all of us and for everyone in the front line, but I also need to keep my sanity. Listening more music, podcasts, watching videos. I love to hear about Tank’s site, I didn’t know him, but I definitely going to follow him to get more good news!! I really loved what he said about the books and about music!! It happens the same to me and I find it amazing and magical somehow, it’s like the answer you need at a specific time is there, you just notice it at the right time. Wow, I could write for hours, sorry my message got so long. Thank you Marie, thank you Tank and thank you Team Forleo for this amazing episode!! Stay safe!!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Irene, we can feel the passion and enthusiasm in your words and we’re here for it! Keep that energy up, focus on the good, and know that we’re here walking the journey with you. Sending you SO MUCH Team Forleo love. xo

  12. Monica Guiza

    Art, is food for the soul!! I have been able to find beautiful art classes, lectures for free from museums all over the world.( I love to travel, so this has been a good time to find where I will go when we can travel again) I do believe that “ IF YOU SEEK BEAUTY YOU WILL FIND IT”

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Monica, that travel list is going to be SPECTACULAR once you’re back out there. We can’t wait to hear all about it. x0

  13. Thank you. I needed to hear something like that right now.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We’re so glad we were able to share it, Marta. xo

  14. Barbara Spikes

    Thanks for this wonderful talk. I just realized that I did add a news site to my daily email list. Time to loose it. I like “The Skimm”. Basic news with the ability to go into history if you want. The other stuff, too much. I will replace it with Tank Sinatra. Good news is so important. Thank you for all you do!

  15. Okay, I feel like a bit of a fan girl here because almost every day it’s YOU and your team who are giving me that boost off my sad seat. I tend to go intense easily and, since I’m surrounded by themes of wellness because I’m making a wellness product, feel encapsulated by it sometimes. But! – your creativity and heart (& sass) are keeping me sane these during this crazy time. Thank you.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We LOVE that you’re here and we’re sending you magic in the world. Thank you for being in our family and for appreciating the sass 😉

  16. You know this! Tank knows this! I know this! Why doesn’t everyone else? Sharing your podcast on my (small) GoodJuJu Instagram and FB where I curate and post uplifting, positive news and helpful self-care info. Maybe we’ll get a few more people off the bad news addiction! Thank you!!

  17. We NEED positivity now, more than ever. Thank you for highlighting the importance of taking care of our mental health and simple ways to do it! It is important not to ignore our uncomfortable feelings. Because our capacity to experience joy is in direct proportion to our ability to allow ourselves to feel and process our painful emotions. We just don’t want to get “stuck” there, which is happening to many during this time. As “The Gratitude Psychologist,” this is my job – every day, I am helping people “not get stuck in the negative”. Through simple, science-based, research-backed methods of cultivating joy, gratitude, resilience, and meaning in our lives. I’d love to share my “signature talk” with your audience – “Five Daily Exercises in Gratitude in Less Than Five Minutes a Day”. Last week, I delivered it several times on-line, including to a group of 150 Rutgers University VPs and faculty. Within 5 minutes, I received these emails from VPs: “I feel better already,” and “I’ve already shared your tips with two people in five minutes. Extremely relatable and useful.” I’ve got the tips for you and everybody you care about, for anybody who wants to feel better, to feel good 🙂

  18. I have known for a long time that most of what passes for “news” does not belong in my brain so I stopped listening to or reading “news” many years ago. I still get plenty of bad news because friends and family seek out “news” and share it with me. Without deliberately watching, listening, or reading news, my ratio of good news to bad news is probably just barely 5:1. I say, there’s enough bad news in my small circle of family and friends and I’m already doing all I can, so why seek out more bad news?

    Your podcast reminded me, however, that I need to seek out good news more. It also gave me some powerful, science-backed ways to explain this to others. I’m talking about the “negativity bias” and the 5:1 ratio.

    As always, thanks.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      So smart, Julia! I love that you set a new intention to seek out good news more often. I find it really, really helps! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. ?

  19. STEPHEN DONAHUE

    I do a little bit of work with community radio and locally they have seen their listener numbers go up. It is an idiosyncratic variety of genres and styles without news breaks and traffic breaks and endless blurbs. The majority of program hosts are volunteers and just share their individuality on air. How they really feel from day to day. I think listeners appreciate that. Professional broadcasters are certainly experts in their approach and execution although I think sometimes they hide their soul in the perceived need to be on top of it all and fail to rail against the driving by a car wreck ratings game. I enjoy tuning into some oddball DJ exploring his/her love of neoclassical jazz mixed with show tunes (to pick one extreme). Dig it.

  20. I follow you both. Thanks!!! Frances.

  21. Pamela Joy

    That was fantastic! I already mostly read, watch, and listen to uplifting stuff (which MarieTV always is, regardless of the subject). But “meeting” Tank was great! What a cool guy, what a great interview! I appreciate everything you both (Marie and Tank) are doing to keep the vibe up.
    Thank you,
    Pamela Joy

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yay, Pamela! So glad this episode resonated with you and brought you some good news today. Thank you for being in our world. ?

  22. Thanks Marie
    For some reason last night my TV refused to enter any channels!! I guess it was divine intervention telling me something, so instead of TV & badnews I’m now waching all the positive stuff from my computer and playing special records. Thanks for your inspiration!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s awesome, Melva! Divine intervention, indeed <3

  23. Thanks for your challenge Marie. Lessen intake of news and post positive feeds instead, which i did. Everyday after work (working from home) i need to get out of my cave and simply appreciate whats around me. In all my daily walks beginning last holy week, ive been taking photos of anything that made me smile. The ocean, mountain views, flowers, gardens, landscape, a squirrel, birds etc. I called them my daily offerings, a give back and appreciation for the Divine creator of everything beautiful.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That sounds delightfully refreshing and rejuvenating!

  24. Candy May

    <3 ya Marie! Totally committed to my new less-bad-news time of 8pm-8.30pm every day. The rest is allllllll good 🙂

  25. I have already muted all the words that relate to Coronavirus on my twitter accounts, which are what I use the most in social media. I was getting WAY to lost in the conspiracy theories and horrible stories.

    However, I find myself constantly checking the news on my phone, which I have never done in my life. Normally I ignore the news. It’s worked for me for 20 years! But lately, it feels like I need to know what’s going on in case anything crazier happens. I know it’s not doing me any good.

    I’m going to try for 20 minutes a day in the morning, just to see what has happened the day before. I like to check my province’s stats as well as Canada’s stats and then check for any stories that catch my attention on my phone – it’s a news app I have on my phone and I’m not totally sure the source.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s so smart to mute coronavirus-related words on Twitter. Good tip!

  26. Hello , I feel this is a special time an extraordinary time , not much has changed for me, I don’t have TV (cancelled it several years ago ) . I only listen to the radio when I go to get groceries just to catch up and I know it doesn’t brighten up my day so I usually turn it off ! after a few mins . It’s amazing how not even watching or listening I still get the news so I don’t feel like I miss out on very much .
    I use the time to relax, work on my own projects , take things easy instead of rushing, prepare my food with time … and find I am being very creative. I feel this is a wonderful time to really live life as me ! I paint, I read , I’m creating my business and building my website and I go for walks. I take photos and I really love the time , this is despite a very snowy April . It’s now starting to feel like Spring so what a joy to be able to spend the time at home undisturbed and in my own time , We are all capable of doing well, we all have the build to do it, our bodies can behave differently and feel energized if we take a moment to appreciate how amazing they are, just living in our own space is great! Sleep well at night. It brightens up my life and my attitude, the people I see when out for walks at a distance are kind and friendly and take note of each other instead of just passing by , they acknowledge each other and it leads to a friendly atmosphere. We don’t need all that stuff from the news that’s forced upon us in a sensational way, it’s unimportant !! and over kill . It does not make your life any better ….so stop right there … Live your very own life and look at your own capabilities, we have so many, make good use of them, stand on your own two feet and stay grounded we are lost if we don’t ….It really is worth trying and of course Marie is great to listen too ….She is so encouraging and caring to us all in so many places around the world.
    We can be in touch with those we care for everyday we just need to put in a little effort on the bright side of life …. how extraordinary is that ?

  27. Dave Cobb

    This was a great Podcast ty! Dave Cobb

  28. Annabelle Desveaux

    Hello,

    So happy I read your email today. Thanks for the good energy and passion. You really uplifted my brain.

  29. I quit the internet news, TV and radio a couple of years ago. I felt like it was bringing down my mood on a daily basis and something had to be done. Very little of what is reported in the sensationalist news has relevance to our lives. A quote from 2001 A Space Odyssey always comes to mind:
    “The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.”

  30. never realized that the tv, media brings you down

  31. I declare that I agree with good news is more useful. We have started a good news segment on our YouTube show nearly every week. Share the good news!

  32. Glenda

    When I was in grad school, I found the Good News Network and have been a subscriber ever since! You can sign up for a daily email with stories or follow them on Facebook. I do both… cause, in my opinion, you can’t get enough “good news”! Loved this segment!

  33. Sudipta Lodh

    Hi Marie,

    I so love you, I recently came to know about you as a recommendation from FightMaster Yoga. One of the ways how I have kept myself away from the news is listening to your podcasts, there is rarely a day I miss it. You have such good content.
    Thanks for everything you do <3

    Sudipta

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