During our holiday in New York last week we had breakfast included in the three hotels we stayed in.

And in all three hotel dining rooms there was a big TV (or serval) on the walls.

Add each of them was showing 24-hour news.

Now I haven’t watched the news on a regular basis for well over a decade.

And this reminded me why.

It was depressing.

Constant talk of children dying, people doing bad stuff and other things that are hardly conducive to a good mood.

So after a couple of days of this, having realised it was affecting my mood negatively, I took to sitting with my back to the TVs.

And instantly felt better (www.myrise.co.uk/apply if you’re wanting to feel better – with a Money Back Guarantee).

Because being selective about what we allowing to our minds has a massive influence on us.

It doesn’t mean that we need to become ignorant to what’s going on in the world.

But we can, perhaps, be selective about our sources of that.

Maybe choosing what things we want to find out and learn about, rather than just allowing someone else to dictate what we’re being informed of.

I genuinely don’t think I’ve missed anything particularly important over the last decade by not watching the news.

And I’ve known many, many people who have stopped watching it and reported benefits to how they feel.

And we can do the same with social media and people in real life that we listen to.

Be selective over what we allow into our brains.

Don’t miss out on important stuff, but perhaps change the balance of positive and negative.

Of depressing and encouraging.

Of pointless and beneficial.

Off soul-destroying and life-affirming.

You already know that what you put into your body by your mouth has knock on effects.

What you put in via your eyes and ears does as well.

Much love,

Jon ‘and knees and toes’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.