If you’re like me, you 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.
There are many challenges to be faced in the world, as there always will be. The legacy of the financial crisis is still with us, Europe is grappling with the refugee crisis, China faces a difficult transition and we cannot ignore the entertainment that the US election is providing!
It’s easy to overlook the massive advances made in many areas, which don’t grab media attention, but they are worth keeping in mind when you are overwhelmed by grim headlines.
So, here are a number of 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 per cent, from 91 deaths per 100 to 43 deaths per 1000
- The world’s largest economy, the US has been recovering and unemployment has halved in 6 years from nearly 10 per cent to just below 5 per cent
- Global oil prices have fallen by more than 70 per cent in 2 years. Not great news for the oil companies, but great for consumers and decreases production costs to help boost profits
- Renewable energy sources are now accounting for 23 per cent of global electricity generation. A figure that’s expected to rise to 26 per cent by 2020
- We live in a world of rapid innovation and one report estimates that digital economy accounts for 22.5 per cent of global economic output, which will continue to grow
- Mortgages continue to be cheap and are likely to remain so for some time. It is predicted that for consumers, this year will be one of the happiest since the mid-2000s
- The football premier league is likely to be won this season by a team with more than 3 British players
- Global bank regulators recently announced that, since the global crisis, they have implemented reforms to reduce risk within the global banking system
- Summer 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. So, just as much as there is reason for caution, there is always reason for hope and you only have to return to Leicester City for the inspiration for that. Keep the good things in mind when you feel overwhelmed by the bad news and besides, I would prefer Leicester City or Tottenham to win the league rather than some others. There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful and looking on the bright side of life!