In other words, that blaring headline that the world is about to go up in smoke has likely overstated the bad news. Conversely, that really good headline may also be exaggerating the truth.
Headlines can't offer perspective. Today's 24/7 news cycle means that simply giving coverage to fill time on the cable news shows can make it appear that a story is more important than it really is.
In life, if we get good news, even really great news, we find that the impact fades over time. Bad news also tends to sting less when we get a more complete understanding of the issue.
So, don't let the headlines deceive you. Don't overreact to that first report from your staff, colleague or family member. Pause - and wait - and get the full story.