Yes, it is easy to be cynical in today's world, and so much of that is rooted in the instantaneous stories of woe that abound on social media.
On some platforms, the bleakness is so pervasive that even the strongest in spirit could easily become despondent.
It's something we can all feel, whether it be in the daily posts by US President Donald Trump to the archetypal anonymous "keyboard warriors" spreading their tales of doom and gloom.
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Even if you're able to escape all that via a personal social media ban, there is still enough happening in the real news to ponder why some people inflict such grief on others.
And then we have the story of Yackandandah couple Lorna and Ian Jenkins.
The Border Mail brought to readers their heartbreaking experience of having some beautiful trees they planted as much for others' enjoyment as their own having been ripped out of the ground by heartless thieves.
The Jenkins' lipstick maples were removed from a roadside verge, which meant the glorious colour put on show in mid- to late-autumn had been lost.
Here is where the good of social media has come through in spades.
They might not have been surprised by the community reaction, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a tremendous tonic at the same time.
It's been a classic case of the best overcoming the worst in people.
"I don't know that I have ever cried so much in my life, Mrs Jenkins says, "first from absolute frustration and disappointment, and then from all the people who were ringing up, cranky that this happened in Yackandandah."
The internet grapevine got into full swing, leading to Stanley Nursery providing the trees and a group of locals doing a working bee to get the replacements planted.
Their story is proof of the strength of spirit in communities right across the Border region.