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Adam Engstrom

Service Learning Coordinatior, AmeriCorps

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Creating a website that focuses on the positive things people do for others instead of just the negative things seen in the media.

All too often, the news (at least in America) is filled with horrific events that can make individuals lose faith in general humanity of man. However, there are thousands of amazing people who are only occasionally focused on in sporadic side stories or documentaries. I think that it would be cool to create a website that is solely focused on the awe-inspiring things people do for each other that can often go under the radar. A more positive psychology approach, i.e. focusing on what is good with people instead of what is wrong with people.

People could then go to the website to get a uplift and much needed positive refocus to their lives, and then possibly even donate or become involved. This is important because being happy is associated with living longer, being more successful, and many other things (see Ron Gutman's video). Should something like this website idea already exist, it should be better publicized and integrated into a bigger network. Resulting in something like TED but less of innovation and more for heroes of pro-social behavior.


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  • Aug 8 2011: It is indeed good news to hear your Adam, about your idea of spreading positive news. I stopped buying newspapers sometime ago because of it's predominent negativity. It's good that the Master of such is in trouble in the UK and I do hope he will investigated in the USA as well! I would love to follow your ideas and information about positive news and shall appreciate if details as to your website etc could be given.

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