News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier. This comes as a surprise to no one, but is also one of those “easier said than done” things.

I stopped reading news around 4 years ago because I was dealing with so much stress-inducing stuff in my personal life. My mind and body simply couldn’t absorb any additional stressors, and news was and is a tremendously fertile source of stress.

Thankfully my personal life has stabilized, so while I technically could reintroduce news into my life, I’m not doing it.

News — important news — still makes its way to me, and I still am an internet denizen so I still come into contact with newsworthy stories on a regular basis. That ambient contact with the news seems to be more than enough, so I feel comfortable eschewing news sources and accounts.