Google's newest feature will help break up the hurricane of bad news that is our lives
Ever feel totally bogged down by the weight of the daily news? You’re not the only one. The never-ending flow of bad news can make it easy to feel like the world is doomed. But the Google Assistant might have a surprising new way to cheer you up.
On Tuesday, August 21st, Google announced that it’s beginning to roll out a new feature for Google Assistant called Tell Me Something Good. When you’re feeling like nothing but disaster is going on in the world, you can ask your Google smart speaker or Google Assistant-enabled phone, tablet, laptop, etc. for a little pick me up.
All you have to do is say, “Hey Google, tell me something good,” and the Assistant will respond with a short summary of a positive news story that will instantly make you feel better about where the world is headed.
The positive news comes from the Solutions Journalism Network, an organization that works to bring more attention to stories about solving problems, rather than just the problems themselves.
Some of the stories the Assistant might share, according to a Google rep, include “how Georgia State University coupled empathy with data to double its graduation rate and eliminate achievement gaps between white and black students, [or] how backyard beekeepers in East Detroit are bringing back the dwindling bee population while boosting the local economy.”
“‘Tell me something good’ isn’t meant to be a magic solution. But it’s an experiment worth trying because it’s good info about good work that may bring some good to your day,” Google’s announcement said.
So the next time you need to hear something positive—or if you just prefer starting your day out on a high note rather than being flooded by doom and gloom—try out this new feature, which will soon be available to United States Google Assistant users.
Things might be hard right now, but there is good out there. Maybe all we need is a little reminder that it exists every once in a while.