If you are like me, you will often listen to the news or read the papers and think the world is going to the dogs! The depressing headlines appear to be endless, but if you look beyond the media, there are a lot of things that are going right.
The world faces many challenges – but then it always will. The legacy of the financial crisis is still with us, the UK’s exit from the EU is likely to be a constant source of speculation for a considerable period, terrorist attacks continue to cause carnage, and we cannot ignore the entertainment that the US President is providing!
So, it’s no wonder that its’ easy to forget the good things, but they are worth keeping in mind when you are overwhelmed by the grim headlines.
Here are several reasons to be cheerful: –
- Over the last 25 years, 2 billion people globally have moved out of extreme poverty according to the latest UN Human Development Report.
- Over that same period, mortality rates among children under the age of 5 have fallen by 53% from 91 deaths per 1000 to 43 deaths per 1000.
- The UK economy continues to grow and will continue to do so.
- According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), happiness levels in Britain have climbed to their highest rate since 2011 (when they first started measuring it)! Okay, so the Government measuring happiness levels is a little concerning, but apparently, we are a happier nation.
- We have the highest level of employment in the UK since records began in 1971.
- Renewable energy sources are now accounting for 23% of global electricity generation and are expected to rise to 26% by 2020.
- We live in a world of rapid innovation and one report estimates the digital economy accounts for 22.5% of global economic output and this will continue to grow.
- Mortgage repayments continue to be cheap and despite the likelihood of an increase in interest rates are likely to remain so for some time due to fierce competition amongst lenders.
- It is unlikely that we will have an election next year, but as we love nothing more than entertaining the world with a good old British comedy farce, maybe we shouldn’t bet against it!
- Early form would suggest that the premier league is likely to be won by a side from Manchester; but one half of the city will clearly be disappointed at the season end.
- Christmas is on its way!
The world is far from perfect and it faces many challenges, but just as it is important to be realistic and aware of the downsides, we must also recognise the advances we are making. Where there is reason for caution, there is always reason for hope.
Keep the good things in mind when you feel overwhelmed by the bad – there will always be reasons to be cheerful …. In the words of Monty Python ‘Always look on the bright side of life’!