I decided recently not to watch the news anymore. I just can’t. It makes me too angry, and I have enough tension in my life already, thankyouverymuch. So, I weeded all my political blogs out of my Feedly feed, and filled it with LOLcats and xkcd and other good stuff. Yes, I went back to my blogs when events took a turn this past week and I wanted to find out what was going on, but I left them again immediately thereafter and went back to cute animals on Buzzfeed.
Apparently, I was on to something. I just found this article from the Guardian, which states:
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress.
So that’s what I’m thinking about this week… thinking less, enjoying more. Trusting that, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the arc of the universe bends toward justice. There are horrible people in the world doing horrible things, but there are many, many more good people, and I’m going to trust that’ll be enough.
In the meantime, let me leave you with this Leonardo da Vinci pancake, and you tell me if it makes you happier than your stupid Congressperson being stupid in stupid Congress. I’ll bet… yes.