Wednesday, 15 August 2018

All Of The Happy News

Whenever you turn on the news or scroll through your social media, it's becoming increasingly more common for your eyes and your mind to be plagued with all of the devastation that is currently happening around the world. Constant kidnappings, shootings, stabbings, never-ending wars - the list keeps going on. 


Luckily, there are people who go out of their way in an attempt to bring more love and light into our lives, shifting more sunshine and positivity our way for a change. One of those lovely individuals is Emily Coxhead, creator of The Happy Newspaper. Papers such as The Sun are toxic and they are usually just focus on generating an income, despite the fact that they are publishing fake news. 
Hence why today's post is going to be about a genuine publication with the purest of intentions. 
The Happy Newspaper is essentially exactly what it says in the name. It's a newspaper, which highlights all of the good celebrations that are taking place around the world. It's a 32 page publication, which gets released on a quarterly basis and is organised chronologically by each month that passes during the time since the last issue. Often, many of the stories that are shared would get overlooked on social media or traditional news channels, because we have been conditioned to only feel considerably affected by the negative headlines. This is what makes The Happy Newspaper even more important, because it talks about the real-life, inspirational achievements that have been experienced by real-life inspirational individuals. 

In addition to this, each issue focuses on a particular theme. This one was about 'balance', but others include loneliness, unity and opportunity, so you're going to receive lots of different content that's guaranteed to make you think differently about certain topics. 
I've had a continuous subscription since the beginning of the year and I can honestly say that I will keep it up for as long as the publication exists. Living in the world the way it is now is difficult and it can be hard to keep a smile on your face when everything being broadcasted seems so dark and anxiety-provoking. However, making yourself aware of these sorts of creations can definitely have a positive impact on your mental health and help you to realise that wherever there is a thunderstorm, clear blue skies will come back around eventually. You just have to aim your focus in the right direction,
One of the best bits about The Happy Newspaper is the fact that it gives recognition to 'Everyday Heroes'. These can be anyone that gets nominated by a student, a friend, a neighbour or even just a loving stranger on the internet. If someone thinks that someone else is particularly empowering, kind-hearted or just generally a gift to the world, they can get nominated and have a chance at featuring in an issue! I think it's such a lovely idea and it goes to show that for every human out there that has nasty intentions, there are 1,000 to make up for them that have a good heart - believe me!
I also admired how they feature different, yet equally as beneficial organisations, which may be of help to some people giving the newspaper a read. I've personally been a volunteer myself in the past and it's something that I really want to get into again, especially when I go to Uni next year, so if anyone is considering it and just needs that extra push, you can find a couple of opportunities here!
I thought I'd end this post with a quote that came in the most recent issue, which is actually from Matt Haig's book, 'Reasons To Stay Alive'. I've not read anything this true in a long time and I couldn't agree with it more, if I'm honest. The truth is, companies and advertisers do make a profit out of people's concerns and insecurities. All of these skincare products that are targeted towards acne, problematic skin, redness, fine lines and wrinkles need people with these issues to get sucked in, so that they rely on them to make them feel more confident about their appearance. Everybody these days wants the latest iPhone model from Apple, because it's what 'everybody else in the world' has and they have a fear of missing out or getting bullied if they don't succumb to the societal norms! I'm just as guilty as the next person is, but realistically, it doesn't matter what other people think, say or do. You are your own person and you should live your life in the most positive, fulfilling way that you can, regardless of what's going on in the mainstream media. You only live once, after all.

Have you got a subscription with The Happy Newspaper and if not, are you going to get one now?

Lots of love always,


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