Happiness and good news - the only way to motivate

12 Jun 2019 Happiness and good news - the only way to motivate

Since the election a few weeks back I’ve noticed a big drop in positivity. There is a despondency I haven’t seen before, though I know the feeling and I felt it too. However I think if we are going to move forward and keep achieving change, we have to turn our attention on to what can and is being done.

The fact is that the government of the day is mostly useless, however there are a lot of good things happening around the world. Other countries are moving in the right direction and the Australian Government's loss in court on Adani's water approval is something to feel hopeful about. I still believe there are positives that come with terrible government. When the people cannot take for granted that those in charge will take care of them, they are motivated to do something themselves. Then we see a growth in grass roots organisations acting for change. 

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While we must keep abreast of what is happening and be ready to add our name, time and support to good, sustainable action. What I would say, is perhaps we have to somehow let go of the anger and turn our attention to the positives. We need to give more airtime to innovation, solid environmental protection and real local action. 

Every day I talk to people who want to make changes in their lives and are excited about caring more for the planet and their children’s future. Acknowledging that this of course isn’t across the board, not everyone thinks this way. That's probably the most important acceptance you will ever have, and it will be great for your mental health. There is an alternative view, and usually I would say "I love a good debate", but when it comes to social media and your well being, don't do it! It's just not worth it, and we need you feeling good.

Remember in social media that what you engage with you will see more of so just as you might be seeing more of the environmental stories, those who are engaging with propaganda such as denying climate change, will be seeing more of that. We are often preaching to the converted, so I believe we need to keep each other motivated, sharing the good news at least as often as we share the things we need to know. 

Things are happening - Countries banning single-use items, peaceful community action and volunteers taking part on many different fronts.

Anger is only going to get us so far. Short of holding a revolution to remove the government, all we can really do is focus on what we want to see. If we keep giving all our attention to the silliness, we are only going to see more of it, which is not giving us the free mind space we need to think creatively about solutions and motivate those around us.

Inherently humans need fun and they want to be involved with things that are rewarding. A group planting trees and having a great time is an example of where I see the opportunities to get others involved. It must be fun, positive, include an opportunity to learn and basically have something of benefit. Which could simply be social, physical or interesting with the "feel good" by-product. 

Importantly we can spend more of our energy and focus on what we love about this planet, enjoying it, leading by example and simply feeling good in our appreciation of it. 

Paul Hellier - Founder

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