'Some Good News' From John Krasinski in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on May 7, 2020

During a time when it is difficult to stay positive and remember the good, John Krasinski has brought us Some Good News, which is exactly what it sounds like – a YouTube show featuring positive news from around the world.

There are so many heartbreaking news stories out there every day, which is why Krasinski is bringing light to good news for those seeking a dose of positivity. On his show he has surprised healthcare heroes, featured celebrity friends and even held a virtual prom for the class of 2020.

“Without question, we are all going through an incredibly trying time, but through all the anxiety, through all the confusion, all the isolation, and all the Tiger King, somehow the human spirit still found a way to breakthrough and blow us all away,” Krasinski said at the top of the first episode. He infuses every show with moments of inspiration.  

And he’s right. We can all use Krasinski’s reminders to keep our heads up. Here are some key lessons I’ve taken after binging on Some Good News:

There’s always a bright side to things.

The daily onslaught of negative news pushed our way via television, social media outlets, and other sources is psychologically overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. While these times are no doubt difficult and discouraging, it is important to take some moments each day to focus on the fact that positivity still exists. You just need to know where to look for it!

Krasinski takes a few minutes every episode to share heartwarming stories and feel-good news. So amid the endless sea of negativity that seems to envelop us each day, it’s important to take a step back and realize that just because we don’t see it in daily news coverage, you don’t have to look too far to see the beautiful and reassuring elements of our lives that can give us an uplifting dose of positivity.

Krasinski is an empathetic, approachable figure, and the good news he delivers makes him the perfect messenger to brighten our days.

We’re all human.

There are countless stories of people coming together to support each other during the pandemic. SGN reminds us of our humanity, including a grandfather meeting his new grandchild through the glass window, a teenage cancer patient coming home to a welcome celebration after she finished her last chemo treatment, healthcare workers getting to throw the first pitch of the season for the Boston Red Sox, and so much more.

Call your family, friends and coworkers.

If you have access to video chat, phone calls and texts, now is the time to catch up with the important people in your life. A little face time can make a huge difference in your day, and you never know the type of impact a phone call or quick text could have on someone.

On SGN, Krasinski has reached out to special guests such as Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro, and the joy in all of their voices is obvious.  

There will be disappointments.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and that’s something we need to be more accepting of. On Some Good News, Krasinski surprised a young girl who had to cancel plans to visit New York City to see Hamilton with a “Zoom-bombing” virtual performance from the Hamilton cast. Many people have had to cancel their plans, and not just to see Hamilton plans, but it is important to remember we can find happiness and excitement in unexpected ways.

Tailor your WFH format to whatever works best for you.

We’re all adjusting to this new life of working from our homes. This experience is varies for everyone depending on if we live in a house or apartment, or have kids, roommates, or pets. Krasinski shows that he’s “business on the top and pajamas on the bottom.” He sits in his home office with all his personal memorabilia, including a SGN sign created by his daughters.

The list goes on and on. The bottom line is that we could all use some good news, especially from John Krasinski.

Courtney Moed is a Grit Daily contributor and a Communications Specialist at Hot Paper Lantern. She’s a media relations pro known for delivering top-tier media placements for her clients. Her client experience spans a range of sectors including design and architecture, healthcare, technology and consumer products.

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