Good news for bleak times

Good news for bleak times

These are bleak times for many people — but a lot of things are improving.

As racism, sexual misconduct or assault, and an un-popular U.S. President headline the news everyday, many people around the world feel these are bleak times.

However, it would be a mistake to believe that these news is the only thing happening around the world.

Under this idea is why Vox presented a list of charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better:

Dissatisfaction with standard of living vs GDP per capita. (World Bank Data)

This chart shows that the health transition began at different times in different regions.

The drop in maternal mortality, 1990 to 2015.

  • Violent crime are declining in the U.S. — Despite other serious violent crimes have been shocking the U.S., violent crimes have been decreasing steadily in the U.S. since the early 1990s, according to data from the FBI.


Data from the FBI and Vox regarding a decline in violent crimes.

  • More people are going to school for longer — In countries like South Korea, the U.S., Iraq, China and India, the average years of going to school have been growing rapidly despite their is still much progress to be done in education worldwide, especially in developing countries.


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