What happens when you ask your Google Assistant, “Google, tell me something good“? Um, it does exactly what you’d think it would. It tells you something good!

In a sea of bad news and divisive rhetoric, Tell Me Something Good is Google’s little way of giving the world some peace and happiness. What’s better is that its new initiative is backed by some pretty compelling research about the power and importance of good news known as “solutions journalism.”

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The Solutions Journalism Network, with whom Google has partnered for this good news intiative, explains how and why good news is good for us. From its website:

“Our mission is to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We seek to rebalance the news, so that every day people are exposed to stories that help them understand problems and challenges, and stories that show potential ways to respond.”

Google isn’t hiding news from you. Instead, your Google Assistant offers you empowering alternatives to drown out the bad news noise. The new feature picks positive news that highlights people doing good and solving problems. You can look for stories that feature inspiration, motivation and pure glee.

So you can forget about all the problems out there, at least for a little bit. And it’s good for your kiddos to hear about the good that people are doing in the world, too. All you need to do is say, “Google, tell me something good.”

—Erica Loop



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