Famous actor-director John Krasinski spreads good news online


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With the country facing a global pandemic, everyday seems to bring a myriad of bad news that follows us around everywhere. We try to avoid it and forget about it. 

However, some people are using their influence to reverse this trend by spreading positivity instead. That’s where director of “A Quiet Place” and star of NBC’s “The Office,” John Krasinski, enters the scene. 

It all started on Twitter when the famous actor asked his followers to share some good news and positive things going on in their lives. Krasinski then turned people’s responses into an episode of his very own news network called “Some Good News,” or SGN for short. 

Using a desk in his house and an SGN sign that looked as though it were decorated by his two young children (which it was), Krasinski shared stories about the national recognition of health care workers, random acts of kindness by neighbors, people reaching important milestones in their lives and married couples redefining romance during social distancing. 

The episode aired on Mar. 29, just a few days after the fifteenth anniversary of “The Office,” so he interviewed his on-screen boss Steve Carell and they talked about their favorite moments from the show. 

“The best thing about it is that everybody in the cast was rooting for everybody else.” Carell said. “People would step back when it was time for other people to shine and celebrate it.” 

Finally, Krasinski shared a story that he claimed warmed his heart most of all.  A 15-year-old girl finished her last chemotherapy treatment and was greeted by her friends with a huge social-distancing appropriate party. Krasinski surprised audience members by interviewing that girl over video chat. 

“This is such an honor for me. You are my newest and biggest hero,” Krasinski said. “It was so incredibly, incredibly powerful to see the video and your reaction.” 

Krasinski’s efforts have received a lot of attention across the nation. Everywhere, people have begun sharing their heart-warming stories with him and with each other. There is, supposedly, a second episode in the works, though it is unclear whether this will become a weekly event. 

John Krasinksi has taken the wheel in spreading positivity instead of fear. Though these days can be bleak and lonely, his Some Good News network really does show that times of crisis bring out the very best in humanity too.