Whenever you turn on the news today, it seems like yet another country has burnt to the ground, a new epidemic has been discovered, or '1 out of 4 people will get cancer'. I'm here to say that life is getting better, on average. The facts are this, humans are living longer, happier, healthier, and wealthier. While there is still plenty of wrongness in the world, much of it is being fixed. The reason cancer rates are going up, is because cancer is primarily a disease of the old. Since humans are living longer, more people get cancer. However, the cancer death rates have been falling rapidly. Newer and more effective treatments for diabetes and heart disease are becoming commercial and widespread. Plus, there is much less war today than there was a century ago! Crime rates have fallen, poverty rates have fallen, child deaths from birth have fallen, and much more! While you may here of horrible catastrophes and terrifying new diseases, keep in mind it is in many politicians' and lobbyists' best interest to keep you scared, to buy into their ideas. While much in this world needs help, don't fret over international terrorism or the apocalypse. Appreciate what you have, and always strive for more. But most of all, be happy!