GOOD NEWS: 14 Reasons 2014 May Be the Best Year Ever

by on December 31, 2013

In which John Green shares some encouraging trends and statistics about the current state of humans in the world. Poverty and infant mortality are decreasing. Fewer people are dying of malaria. The world's poorest areas are growing faster than the rest of the world. More people (especially girls) have educational opportunities. The Internet is getting faster. Cancer mortality is decreasing. And the Colts are in the NFL playoffs. In short, there are many reasons to be hopeful that 2014 might be the best year on record for humans, even if much of this growth is not (currently) sustainable.

Most of the statistics in this video came from the UN:
Or from Human Progress:
Or from the wikipedia article about motor vehicle deaths:

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Jaclyn January 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thanks John! I am now excited about 2014!


Kerry G. January 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Go Colts!


Savannah January 4, 2014 at 3:23 pm

This is wonderful!


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