In One Chart: May not feel like it, but the world’s improving — really! — and here’s the proof

Buck up, people, it ain’t so bad.

While there’s certainly plenty to get bummed out about these days — and no shortage of talking heads to fan the flames of discontent — there’s also serious signs that the world is actually making progress in tackling some of its most pressing issues.

This collection of charts, created by economist Max Roser and posted on the Visual Capitalist blog, captures some of that upside:

These improving megatrends come at a dark time when very few people globally are optimistic. According to a survey cited by Roser, only 6% of American’s say they believe the world’s getting better.

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