Most of us are addicted to the news whether we get our fix from a daily dose of television or from the printed media. But I try to remember that what I’m seeing or reading can only be the views of the journalists and editors who are interpreting events as they see them. We are receiving a set of views rather than an expression of absolute truth. This can be very helpful in training the mind to suspend its instant reactions to any given situation and seek a healthy element of distance from the news. This helps us to challenge our beliefs and prejudices and develop a more balanced approach to the world around us. Newspaper articles are called ‘stories’ for a good reason!