Celebrate Your “Some Good News”

Mr. Rogers is often quoted as saying, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve tuned into actor/comedian John Krasinski’s new feelgood “news” show, Some Good News, you’ll have seen a personal and hopeful alternative to much of what we’re seeing elsewhere, showing endless stories of the helpers Mr. Rogers’ mom talked about, as well as creating some ‘good news’ stories each week also, such as this week’s virtual 2020 Prom or last week’s Fenway Park opening pitch by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s nurses, respiratory and pharmacy staff.

You may not have resources to create a viral video sensation watched around the world, but you can still find and celebrate your own ‘good news…’

This week’s tip:

Review some recent joys and successes, and take time to share those with colleagues and friends and celebrate together. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth celebrating.” This phrase was used in a company I worked for 20 years ago, and it still rings in my mind. Along with all the changes and challenges we’re facing as organizations and as individuals, we also have the many successes and surprising results. Take time to celebrate those and show gratitude in whatever way is meaningful to you. If you lead meetings, schedule time for this. Regardless of whether you lead meetings or not, find ways to bring this gratitude into your conversations. Did you close a deal that’s been in the works for a while? Share that! Did your child learn how to ride a bike? (Mine did!) Share that! Did you rework something that you couldn’t imagine working in this socially-distant world and now it has a new life online? Share that! Did you experience or witness a moment of kindness by someone else? Share that! This doesn’t negate the troubling circumstances that we’re facing in the wider world, but sharing good news helps us to be present and see a more nuanced palette of color in our everyday lives, which will help us way after this pandemic is a thing of the past.

Then join us each month for a free virtual Happy Hour to share your own “Some Good News” and be inspired by other people’s! No matter how big or small, share your good news so the group can raise a glass and celebrate with you!

No good news to share? No problem – come and be encouraged by other people’s!

Published by Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson is the founder of Building Bridges Leadership, which works with individuals, teams, and organizations to create authentic community in the workplace. He also writes children's fiction and teaches creative writing.

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