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We humans are fundamentally wired to notice and pay close attention to negative/bad/threatening things at the expense of noticing positive/good/nurturing things. It’s how we’ve survived. Since it’s my job to help you learn to have more fun than anyone else you know, I’m compelled to share insights regarding the latter. Talk about improving quality of life!
Not that anyone would expect happy-talk from the writer of a financial newsletter, but John Mauldin did so in this recent post. It’s worth reading the whole thing. Here are just a few of the facts shared:
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- Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than two million lives. Breast cancer deaths have fallen by 39%, saving the lives of 322,600 women.
- On November 17 WHO announced that global deaths from tuberculosis have fallen by 37% since 2000, saving an estimated 53 million lives.
- In 2017, the ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest size since 1988, the year Bobby McFerrin topped the charts with “Don’t Worry Be Happy.”
- In the last three years, the number of people in China living below the poverty line decreased from 99 million to 43.4 million. And since 2010, Chinese income inequality has been falling steadily.
- A new report from the European Union said that between 1990 and 2016 the continent cut its carbon emissions by 23% while the economy grew by 53%.
- We are using roughly the same amount of water in the US as we did back in 1970, but the population has grown by almost 50%.
…and the list goes on and on. Great, optimistic reading to help get ready for 2018!