If there were a way to buy stock in bad news, we could all get rich very quickly. Production and consumption of bad news have never been higher, and it doesn't look like that is going to slow down any time soon.
As a member of the media, I have no qualms about blaming the media for contributing to the miasma of bad news. Likewise, as a member of the media, I have the opportunity and privilege of being able to share the occasional piece of good news with you. Believe it or not, while we've been distracted and dismayed by all of the negativity in the headlines, some very positive things have been happening in the world. A few examples:
- From hurricanes to floods to fires, natural disasters captured much of our attention in 2017. However, fewer deaths occured as a result of those disasters.
- Women are starting to see greater equality and security in many parts of the world, even though the U.S. still has a long way to go.
- Famine is on the decline thanks to worldwide relief efforts. The risk of famine-related death is the lowest since the 1960s.
- Deadly diseases have also taken a dip due to more widepread vaccinations. As a result, fewer children are dying and overall life expectancy has increased.
The world's problems are far from being solved but, despite the abundance of bad news, humans have truly never had it so good. That's not to say that any of us should stop trying to make things better. I'm simply suggesting that we could all benefit by keeping the bad news in perspective. Read some more good news HERE.