Five Free Home-Page Alternatives That Will Brighten Your Day

Good News Network

When you fire up your Web browser, what’s the first thing you see? Unless you’ve modified the default home page, chances are good it’s MSN, Yahoo, or some other news-oriented site. I don’t know about you, but the headlines I typically see make me want to dive under the covers and stay there.

Seriously, do you really want to be slapped in the face with all that negativity, all that bad news, every time you open your browser? I certainly don’t, which is why I’ve changed my home page to something far more positive.

Yes, you can do that. I’m always surprised at how many people never bother to choose a new home page, perhaps because they think that’s the way the computer was set up, and that’s how it has to stay. Nuh-uh. You can set your home page to Facebook, Twitter, Fluffy Kittens on Tumblr, or whatever you like.

Me, I prefer to be greeted by happy, positive, uplifting, even inspiring news. Of course, I also prefer to keep my money in my wallet, so I’ve rounded up five potential home pages that are guaranteed to brighten your day, all of them free of charge.

Built on the concept of “News that inspires,” this site catalogs positive stories across categories like Generosity, Everyday Heroes, and Nature. It also links to popular syndicated stories, meaning you’re getting more than just what’s hand-picked by the site’s curators.

You know those often-wacky BuzzFeed lists, which cover topics like “27 Things You Should Never Do in London”? Distractify presents similarly hyperbolic headlines, but all with a fun, inspiring, comical, or just generally positive angle. Some recent entries include “Yes, a Dog Marriage is Absolutely Crazy. But You Have to See This Adorable Couple” and “15 Incredibly Wise Truths We Learned from Winnie the Pooh.”

Good News Network
Imagine if your daily newspaper had nothing but positive stories. That’s the idea behind The Good News Network, which is my current home page of choice. True to its name, the site culls news sources for a “Daily Dose of News to Enthuse.” No hyperbole, no information overload, just a short, nicely organized collection of happy stories.

Huffington Post
Good news from HuffPo? It’s true, provided you point your browser to the site’s eponymous page. In addition to feel-good news stories, the page includes featured uplifting blog entries from life coaches, psychologists, and bloggers with an eye toward positive posts. It’s just like regular HuffPo, but happier.

Tiny Buddha
Looking for daily positivity with a zen edge? Tiny Buddha promises “simple wisdom for complex lives.” Sample posts include “How Embracing Failure Can Help Us Deal with Anxious Thoughts” and “You Have Nothing to Prove: Knowing You’re Good Enough.” As someone who has recently embraced the Mindfulness movement, a site like this is pure gold.

Have you found an uplifting home page you like better? Give it some link love in the comments!

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and, and also writes for PC World and Wired.


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