The world is in the midst of a global pandemic, something that hasn’t happened in almost 100 years. Time seems to be at a standstill for many who are out of work and school. The numbers we all see on the news don’t look good, and it’s easy to see why some of us fall into despair. We feel powerless to do anything and worry that things won’t be “better” for a very long time. And then, out of the darkness came the hero we didn’t know we needed – Jim Halpert. For those of you who aren’t fans of the TV show “The Office”, I’m speaking about actor John Krasinski. He, with the help of his family, recently launched a YouTube channel called “Some Good News”. It’s exactly as it sounds – he combed the internet to find uplifting stories to get us through these tough times. If you haven’t watched it yet, please do. Krasinski shares good news and inflates hearts everywhere.
The first episode of the Some Good News Broadcast on YouTube channel “SomeGoodNews”
For those who may have concerns, I didn’t notice any content that I think parents might find objectionable, but as with anything on YouTube, use your own discretion. The whole thing seems to be a family affair. Krasinski opens with a shot of a spinning globe that he and his kids and wife probably put together themselves. The video goes on to lovingly parody a news broadcast, with Krasinski sitting at a desk in front of a homemade “SGN” logo that he happily admits was designed by his children. (He is married to actress Emily Blunt, for those who don’t know.)
Krasinski says he got the idea after he appealed to people on Twitter to share uplifting stories, using the hashtag #SomeGoodNews. After he saw the outpouring of not just happy current events, but how much others responded to the need for them, he decided to create a news broadcast entirely dedicated to the subject. He doesn’t take all the credit, however. He actually gives shout outs to other websites and celebrities who are sharing good news.
No “Heads in the Sand” Here
None of this is to say that Krasinski shies away from talking about the global pandemic, which I think is important. Even if we need a bit of a distraction from Coronavirus, I think it’s good to show examples of how this tragedy is bringing out the best in people all across the world. SGN has a segment honoring medical professionals and about the people in cities cheering and applauding for medical staff.
The show goes on to show how people are helping delivery drivers, their neighbors, and strangers. Krasinski manages to infuse plenty of humor with jokes, a silly Maine accent, and a lot of self-deprecation. He also spends a big portion of the broadcast interviewing his former “The Office” co-star, Steve Carell. Any fans of that show do not want to miss that segment! He ends the show with an interview with a girl he calls his “newest hero”, a cancer survivor named Coco, who recently had her last chemo treatment. Video shows her parents driving her home and people lined up on the streets (using proper social distancing) with balloons and decorations cheering her on.
The entire video feels like a warm hug at a time when many of us aren’t able to have one. I teared up at several points and can’t wait for the next installment. You definitely want to subscribe to this one. Sharing good news and inflating hearts is what we all need right now. Thanks, John. Jim & Pam forever.