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Is the News All Doom and Gloom?


IS THE NEWS ALL DOOM AND GLOOM?

Our consumption of the news has changed dramatically over the years. Previously we had much more control of the way in which we received news; you could simply purchase a newspaper if you wanted to keep up to date with current events, but nowadays we are exposed to the news nearly everywhere we go.

Sometimes negative news can be all-consuming, which is not helped by the click bait articles and fake news dominating our feeds. Whilst the media is important for us to be able to keep well informed with what’s happening in the world, it is useful to consider the most accurate and reliable sources for discovering news stories.

It is also helpful to not obsess over negative stories that are beyond the realms of us being able to help, by counterbalancing different types of news consumption to reduce the doom and gloom effect. After all, too much negative news can impact our mental health. It has been found that just three minutes of negative news can make you 27 percent more likely to report having a bad day.

As we begin 2018, here at twentysix we wanted to celebrate some of the most uplifting news stories from the past 12 months.

AUSTRALIA VOTES IN FAVOUR OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE

In November 2017, 12.7 million Australians voted for whether they wanted to legalise same sex marriage. Almost two thirds of voters voted ‘yes’ to making same sex marriage in the country legal, meaning that Australia joined Germany, Austria and Malta, who all also voted to legalise same sex marriage this year. To celebrate the results of the vote and to show support of the LGBT community, the Sydney Opera House was lit up in rainbow colours. Following the public vote, MPs also voted to legalise same sex marriage, and the first same sex marriage took place in December in Sydney between Amy Laker, 29, and Lauren Price, 31.

Source: Sky News

UK ANNOUNCES STAMP DUTY RELIEF FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS

With first-time house buyers struggling to get on the ladder, the news of stamp duty relief in the UK was a more than welcome announcement in the Autumn Budget 2017. The new legislation means that stamp duty land tax is abolished for first-time buyers looking to buy a property up to the value of £300,000. If you are a first-time buyer looking to purchase a property up to the value of £500,000, then you will only pay 5% for the cost above the £300,000 threshold.

Source: Law Gazette

MERYL STREEP AND OTHER ACTRESSES STAND FOR EQUAL REPRESENTATION

Meryl Streep has recently announced at the Massachusetts Women’s Conference in Boston that herself and other famous actresses are planning to make a stand for equal representation in boardrooms. Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Streep spoke out about how equal representation in entertainment companies is needed to avoid this happening again. Streep confirmed that this would mean campaigning for ’50/50 by 2020′ by making a series of non-negotiable demands.

Source: Business Insider

BANKS RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT

The World Bank announced in Paris last year that it will stop financially supporting oil and gas extraction by 2019 because of the threat of climate change. Leading banks in Britain – Barclays, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered – are all supporting the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), set up by governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. This means that these banks have pledged to expose in their financial reports any activity which could directly or indirectly contribute to climate-related risks.

Source: The Guardian

NEW DRUG OFFERS HOPE FOR HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE SUFFERERS

An experimental drug for Huntington’s disease has recently been trialled successfully, offering hope to the estimated 10,000 people in the UK suffering from the disease which is currently incurable. The first study was carried out by University College London with 46 patients who have early stages of the disease. The results found that the treatment had worked as planned to lower the level of toxic disease-causing protein in the nervous system, which was reportedly ‘well tolerated’ by participants. Larger trials are planned to test if the drug can also slow the progression of the disease.

Source: Mirror Online

If you fancy a daily dose of feel-good news to keep you motivated in the new year, then here are a few websites that you can visit to help banish the January blues:

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