It's easy to believe the whole planet has gone tits up. Just turn on the news, hop on social media, or even talk to friends and family, and you'll hear mostly about doom and gloom.

But, as it turns out, when you leave the echo chamber of pessimism, you discover that there's a lot of really great things going on out there.

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TEEN DRUG USE HAS GONE WAY DOWN. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has been surveying tens of thousands of high schoolers for almost four decades,

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LITERACY IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. In America, the literacy rate is 99 percent. Worldwide numbers are up too. In India, for example, 60 percent of adult

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GLOBAL POPULATION HAS SLOWED. For the first time in history, humanity's billion-reaching speed has slowed down and even the most pessimistic projectio

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WAR IS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. The world is experiencing a long peace. The first decade of the 21st century saw the number of annual battle deaths at it

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