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Some Good News

On this cold and dreary Monday morning at school, I needed a little pick-me-up to start my classes. So, I simply asked for some good news, and the students dutifully delivered. I heard of trips and family reunions, pets and vaccinated grandparents, new video games and Easter preparations. They looked back on the weekend and ahead to coming events, but we didn’t dwell on life a year ago. Turns out, exactly one year ago is when I first fell for Some Good News.

After undetermined numbers of sleepless nights and endless zoom meetings each day, March 2020 was the beginning of one long purgatory. On March 29th I woke pre-dawn once again, worried about that dark cloud that had taken over the world. Fear, loss, and missed opportunities seemed to never end while dominating the equally never-ending news cycle. While scanning through my newsfeed on Facebook, I happened upon this simple and perfect youtube video. It was John Krasinski and his self-produced Some Good News show. I will undeniably admit to laughing, smiling, and crying tears of emotions that I didn’t know were pent up and waiting for an outlet. 5:00 AM ugly cries can be very cathartic ways to start the day 😉

Clearly I wasn’t alone. That video is now up to 18.5 MILLION views, and the following weeks continued a rise of hope and joy and goodwill. SGN highlighted first responders, restaurants, missed high school proms and graduations, missed weddings and celebrations, all while mixing in lots of submitted good news from world citizens everywhere. Wow, if you want a time capsule of the determination and goodwill and sacrifice and passion and promise that last spring created, SGN captured it.

And that also means that any day I face in this season – the good, the bad, and the ugly – will be bearable, and lifted up by asking that simple question, “What is some good news to share today?” Sure enough, the sun was shining brightly by the time I left work for the day.

“No matter how tough life may get, there is always good in the world.” – J. Krasinski

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5 thoughts on “Some Good News

  1. I had never hear of SGN. After reading this post, I checked it out and, oh my, what a gift! I wish I had happened upon this last year, but grateful to see it now. Thank you! And yes, ugly cries at 5 AM can be really cathartic:)

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  2. I love Some Good News! I am a John Krasinski fan and last year one of my friends sent me the link to the first SGN and I may have ugly cried!


  3. I didn’t see a lot of SGN, but I enjoyed what I did. My mom always said, “Every day is not a good day, but there is something good in every day.” Thanks for the reminder to keep looking for the good news.

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  4. lvahey on said:

    What a great reminder that WE can cultivate good news, too – I’m going to use this as a connector with my grad students – thank you for the reminder that we absolutely can find good news, even on the grayest days.


  5. Kristi Lonheim on said:

    Taking from the SGN theme there is an online musical called “Super Happy Awesome News”, which my daughter got to do last summer. At the end of some shows you are ready for it to be the end. This one never got on my nerves, something that is truly some good news.


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