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What Went Right - 18 December 2016

A bit of background

This project was sparked by a combination of this rant and the article which inspired it: 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was A Good Year.

It owes something to an anti-depression tactic I found to be very useful in dealing with my own depression. Basically, what I'd do is every day, I'd write down three things which had gone right each day - and that's "gone right" in the sense of "didn't go wrong" (because when you're depressed, spotting "good" things is as hard as all get-out, but you can spot the things which are going wrong very easily indeed). Didn't matter how small the thing was - it could have been a cup of hot chocolate, or just recognising there was nasty weather out there, and I wasn't out in it - there had to be three things each day. I kept that up for about six months straight - and since then, I've never really been as miserable as I was at that point, because I'd built up the habit of looking for the things which were going right at the same time as looking at the things which were going wrong.

Maybe it's something we need to do as a wider culture, or group of cultures? Either way, I've decided to start here, by combing through the news sources I have handy, and trying to find three things each day which report on "what went right", rather than "what went wrong". Follow the links, give them clicks, and let's reward the news organisations for finding the positive stuff to go with the negative stuff. If you have three things of your own you'd like to drop into the comments, feel free! The more we can gather, the better.

So, on to the stories...

Indigenous cricket: Family-run academy aims for the big league in Northam, WA - by Brianna Shepherd (ABC, Western Australia).

A story about the Avon West Cricket Academy, which is teaching Indigenous Australian kids in the Avon region of WA how to play cricket, offering coaching and training, and seeing a real improvement in things like school and community participation in their players. They're hoping to get to the point where at least one (hopefully more) kid from the Academy will be playing cricket at the WACA (the Western Australian Cricket Association ground - the premier cricketing facility in WA).

Migrant mums learn to swim, just in time for the Kalgoorlie summer, by Nathan Morris (ABC, Western Australia).

A story about a local program for teaching migrant women how to swim, as adults. The program is unusual in that it apparently involves lessons which start off in a private swimming pool, before "graduating" to a public setting. It includes comments from participants in the program, the swimming teacher, and the person who started the program.

Wombat mange prompts Tasmanian residents to take the lead on tackling lethal disease, by Laura Beavis (ABC, Tasmania).

A story about a volunteer program in the town of Kelso, Tasmania, where local residents have got together to try to treat Sarcoptic mange in the region's wombat population, through use of home-made burrow flaps which deliver a dose of anti-mange medication onto the wombat's back each time it enters the burrow.

So, anyone got anything they'd like to add?

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