25 Positive Things That Are Taking Place In The World Right Now

Posted by , Updated on December 29, 2016

Are you ready for positive things in your life? Although it can seem as though the world is falling apart at the seams, this is mostly an illusion brought on my the advent of social media and 24-hour news cycles. Things are actually much, much, much, much better than they have ever been in all of human history….regardless of what your grandparents say. These are 25 positive things that are taking place in the world right now!

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25

In 1850 only 10% of people could read. Today, 84% can read.

bookSource: un.org, Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/blur-old-antique-book-213/
24

Peak oil was wrong. We actually have a lot more oil than we thought. This gives us more time to wean ourselves off of it.

oilSource: wikipedia, Image: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=158901&picture=rig-oklahoma-sunset-oil
23

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation polio has nearly been eradicated.

bill and melinda gatesSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bill_og_Melinda_Gates_2009-06-03_(bilde_01).JPG
22

Universal basic income is being trialed in some countries (Switzerland, Finland, Canada)

incomeSource: thestar.com, 20minuten.com, Image: http://jphotostyle.com/handwriting/i/income.html
21

Burma recently had its first democratically elected prime minister in more than 50 years

burmaSource: bbc, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/burma-temple-myanmar-landscape-636367/

20

Between 2000 and 2015 nearly all of the United Nation’s millennium goals were met (only the environmental goals weren’t reached). These goals covered everything from decreasing hunger and disease to preventing war and violence.

united nationsSource: un.org, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/united-nations-world-flag-un-1184119/
19

In 2000 there were 839,000 deaths due to malaria. In 2015 the number of deaths was 438,000

malariaSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anopheles_stephensi.jpeg
18

Emergency medical systems are becoming more and more accessible to a greater number of people every single year.

emsSource: who.int, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_070724-N-0924R-116_Firemen_from_Navy_Mid-Atlantic_Region_Fire_and_Rescue_Team_treat_the_wounds_of_Sailors_posing_as_victims_of_a_simulated_C-2A_Greyhound_plane_crash_during_a_crash,_fire_and_rescue_drill_held_on_Naval_S.jpg
17

Google fiber is expanding to more and more cities. Soon we will all have lightning fast internet.

googleSource: google, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/google-search-engine-76522/
16

The US unemployment rate is only 4.9% and that is only improving. It is one of the lowest in the world. Also, wages are rising and in spite of the recent economic recessions the world economy as a whole is expanding and moving forward.

moneySource: wsj, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/economy-finance-stock-exchange-816491/

Note: the US economy has been doing really well for quite some time now. We say this just to point out that electing a new president had nothing to do with it.

15

Murder rates in the United States are significantly lower than they were in the 80s and 90s

crime sceneSource: latimes, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Do_Not_Cross,_Crime_Scene.jpg

This fact alone is enough cause for a celebration. But there is more. Keep on reading!

14

Renewable energy sources are increasing. In Germany in 2000 only 6% of energy sources were renewable. In 2015, 33% were renewable

windSource: bmwi.de, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GreenMountainWindFarm_Fluvanna_2004.jpg
13

More children in the world have access to information and thus education than ever before thanks to the rapid spread of the internet

internetSource: unicef, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Internet1.jpg
12

There is now a vaccine for dengue fever which recently passed its first human trial with a 100% success rate

vaccineSource: wired.co.uk, Image: http://www.freestockphotos.biz/stockphoto/17346
11

The Netherlands had to close some prisons because they didn’t have enough prisoners to lock up

jailSource: dw.de, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/prison-prison-cell-jail-crime-553836/
10

Wars are far less violent than they used to be. Just to give some perspective, more American lives were lost during the Civil War than all of America’s other wars combined.

civil warSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Civil_War_Zouave_ambulance.jpg
9

Child mortality rates are lower than they have ever been in human history

babySource: unicef, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/newborn-baby-infant-cute-little-990691/
8

In 2015 Nigeria had a democratic election that was won by an opposition candidate. This is the first time that an incumbent has lost re-election in Nigeria. The election has been praised as a “turning a new leaf” for Africa.

nigeria flagSource: bbc, Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121483302@N02/13777960823
7

Rwanda, one of Africa’s worst tragedies, has been improving rapidly over the last 20 years since the genocide. It has even been touted as an economic and political miracle

rwandaSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rwanda_avocado.jpg
6

Birth rates are expected to stabilize and the world population is predicted to level out at 10 billion people

crowdSource: un.org, Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-eiffel-tower-lights-night-5156/
5

With new drugs and treatments, cancer is becoming less of a death sentence every year

cancerSource: nytimes, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cancer_button.jpg
4

Violent crime is down all over the world

gunsSource: newscientist.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:My_Guns_006.jpg
3

Poverty rates have declined rapidly

afghan childrenSource: worldbank.org, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/children-afghanistan-afghani-girl-63175/
2

The world wide average life expectancy has gone up by 6 years

elderlySource: who, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/hands-walking-stick-elderly-981400/
1

The Ozone layer is actually repairing itself

ozoneSource: bbc, Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6264414032

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