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David Byrne launches online magazine, 'Reasons to Be Cheerful'

News 28/08/2019

Talking Heads' ex-frontman, David Byrne has recently launched a new online magazine that aims to provide good news to readers.

"I know things can seem pretty hopeless these days; I often feel that way too," Byrne said in the trailer video.

Reasons to Be Cheerful (RTBC) aims to publish stories that details "real changes with measurable impact that are meant to inspire and uplift." Ranging from a variety of subjects, RTBC will feature health, culture, economics, science and technology and others. According to the press release, RTBC will also soon include visually impactful stories with videos, podcasts and live events.

You can watch the trailer below.

The first edition will include six articles written by Byrne - India's Amazing Art Hub, Doing the Right Thing is Good for Business and Divest!.

RTBC marks Byrne's first project under his not-for-profit Arbutus Foundation.

I began telling others about what I’d found... Their responses were encouraging

Byrne expressed, "It often seems as if the world is going straight to Hell. I wake up in the morning, I look at the paper, and I say to myself, "Oh no!" Often I'm depressed for half the day. I imagine some of you feel the same." He continued, "Recently, I realised this isn't helping. Nothing changes when you're numb. So, as a kind of remedy, and possibly as a kind of therapy, I started collecting good news. Not schmaltzy, feel-good news, but stuff that reminded me, "Hey, there's positive stuff going on! People are solving problems, and it's making a difference!"

Soon, Byrne started telling others about his findings and received very encouraging responses. "so I created a website called Reasons to be Cheerful and started writing. Later on, I realised I wanted to make the endeavour a bit more formal. So we got a team together and began commissioning stories from other writers and redesigned the website. Today, we're relaunching Reasons to be Cheerful as an ongoing editorial project."

Byrne explains that RTBC will provide "a more optimistic and, we believe, more accurate depiction of the world."

"We hope to balance out some of the amplified negativity and show that things might not be as bad as we think. Stop by whenever you need a reminder."