Why is it important to know the news of the day?
Why is it important to know the news of the day?

No matter what you do for a living, chances are you’re engaged with the news at some level daily. On most days of the week, something is happening on a local, regional, national or global scale that merits headline coverage.

Since we live in a globalised world, every current event affects our daily lives. This is true, regardless of whether you live in a small town or in a large, international city on the continent.

No matter the reason why news makes the headlines, it’s likely to be a topic of conversation at some point in the hours and days ahead between you and your friends, family and work colleagues, as well as random strangers. And there may be a distinct possibility that it could affect your business negatively, or if you are proactive and take some action, it could massively increase your sales.

We may feel that it takes a lot of effort to find out about what’s going on in the world, but honestly, it’s easier now than it has ever been. Now, we can just go online, turn on the news channel on TV, listen to the radio, and even social media applications on our mobile phones. With the power of the internet at our fingertips, we can read leading news publications from across the world, mostly for free. The ways of gaining information are endless.

Events happening in a distant location can impact economies and various commodities over the long term. This means that having access to this information can help business owners to better understand what is affecting their investments and allow them to react accordingly. A drought in a foreign country can cause grain prices to rise in other regions as the afflicted population begins calling for aid from allies. Political tides turn far too quickly, and without being informed, it's difficult for people who are affected by it to be prepared for the results, whether good or bad.

It is important to stay up-to-date on this world, after all, you are living in it, so that you might understand the direction its heading, and your role in the unfolding story. It can guide you on your business path, political beliefs, and discovery of new opportunities.

Buyer beware

An obvious side note: different sources of news have different biases and political leanings. The rise of fake news across the globe is cause for alarm, so select a broad range of news sources as you will need critical thinking skills to sift the good from the rubbish.

And here is some good news (pun intended) …News slows down aging.

Studies have suggested that seniors who read news have a 17% lesser chance of developing Alzheimer’s. When you read news, it often triggers some responses, including memories and strong emotions from the brain. Any mental stimulation can slow down the aging brain. Good news indeed!