Weighed down by mounting austerity packages, the Greeks are finding it hard to stay positive. The unemployment rate has more than doubled since the start of the debt crisis in 2010 with more than a quarter of a population now out of work.
SOME PEOPLE are so fed up that they have stopped following the news altogether. Marianna, an unemployed resident of Athens, said, “I know things will happen a certain way no matter what the news say, so I just change the channel.” Speaking about the attitude of the people, Maria, another unemployed resident of Athens, said, “People can't stay alive without being positive and thinking about a better future."
Some media outlets have decided to find a more creative way to keep people's spirits up. A website called Ola Kala, which means everything is okay, doesn't publish anything that even hints at the news of deficit or debts. Thalia Spiliopoulou, the website administrator, says, “I am uploading an article about the discovery of rare species of butterfly that has transparent wings.” A dozen journalists work on the website focusing on happy news story.
A year since its launch, the site is rapidly growing in its popularity, and it is not just this website that's trying to bring cheer to people's life. Radio presenters also see to it that happy news is hosted for their listeners. On a Sunday morning show, one of the radio hosts talks about people doing well through participating in various voluntary work, and news of Greek students taking part in various other organizations.
Yiannis Darras, the journalist airing the programme, talking about the motive of the show, said that it is about showing the goodness of people underneath. He said Greeks have strong minds. His programme has gathered a huge number of listeners - proving that people are more than happy to more on.