I’m here with some Happy News! In fact, The Happy Newspaper! Seriously the world seems to be at peak scary at the moment, from natural disasters to political ones, war zones to domestic terrorism, switch the news on or go online and you’ll be inundated with bad, scary, sad news and although its vital that we are aware of the world goings on, sometimes we need some relief from the macabre. Enter Emily Coxhead…
Emily is one of my favourite people to follow online, not only is she an insanely talented artist and illustrator, she also appears to embody the Roald Dahl quote “if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. Emily’s insta-stories are always a beautiful yet honest snapshot of life, whether she is chatting to the camera or creating, it’s always a pleasure to watch.
Emily is the brain child of The Happy Newspaper, which she creates and curates with every inch of goodness in her I am sure. So what is the Happy Newspaper I hear you murmuring…
The Happy Newspaper celebrates all that’s good in the world; a platform to share positive news and wonderful people. Emily launched the paper in December 2015 as part of a Kickstarter campaign, you know I love them!
The first edition was an extra-special, extra-large edition, encapsulating as many positive stories and inspiring people from the whole of 2015 as Emily could possibly pull together. Since then the Happy Newspaper has become a quarterly subscription that brings together the best of the previous 3 months news, people, stories and snippets. Surely something we all need to read.
I read the paper every day, not always the same paper, however never a red top! I find myself more and more leaning towards the supplements at the weekend so I can have some light relief from the monstrosities of the world. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way!
Emily describes the purpose of the paper so perfectly..
“This is not your typical newspaper. It’s purpose is not to deliver sad or terrifying news to your doorstep, which you might read once and then throw away. It’s sole purpose is to share and celebrate positive, uplifting stories that are often overlooked.”
It couldn’t be easier to subscribe to The Happy Newspaper, it comes out every 3 months and costs £3.99 per quarter, which considering the immense talent that is poured into every edition is the best £3.99 you’ll spend 4 times a year.
So tonight I will be drinking coffee and filling my brain with all the best things that have happened in the last 3 months. I urge you to do the same, even if you don’t like coffee and don’t have the Happy Newspaper, find a way every day to focus on the happy, the good, the kind, no matter how much the bad seems to be all around, happy news is too!
Finally, just to add another wonderful element, The Happy Newspaper is always on the hunt for everyday heroes, so if you know a single person, a group, organisation, charity – in any part of the world – who has done something wonderful or just makes the world a little happier, you can let them know by simply filling in a form online! How awesome is that!
So thank you Emily, for being a wonderful human and bringing The Happy Newspaper into the world!