Be selective in your reading of the daily news. You do not want a constant mental picture of the world’s crime, disaster, and distress. Direct your attention to the beautiful, encouraging, and ennobling. Read editorials that are constructive, informing, and inspiring. Read for useful knowledge and mental culture.

Do not read anything simply because you have to read something. Better sit in quiet communion with your own thoughts, with your eyes closed, than to gorge your mind with evil, calamity, tragedy, and human depravity. There are great projects, vital problems, new discoveries, and world questions which make interesting and profitable reading.

Be selective in your choice of subjects.

Image: Damian Gadal (CC BY 2.0) Text: Grenville Kleiser, Inspiration and Ideals [Free]