20 Things That Have Changed for the Better Since 2010

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If you are someone who at least tries to stay informed about what is going on in the world, your faith in humanity may be long gone. Daily headlines are predominantly about negative subjects such as ugly politics, crime, and how we are killing the planet. While these important topics need attention, there is plenty of good news to share as well.

24/7 Tempo reviewed dozens of articles from multiple online sources on various topics to compile a list of 20 things that have improved in the United States and around the world since 2010.

Many people may react with incredulity at the possibility that things could be getting better. For example, according to Pew Research Center, Americans believe crime is up, but that’s not true. In 18 of 22 Gallup polls conducted between 1993 and 2018, at least 60% of Americans said there was more crime than the previous year even though the national violent and property crime rates during most of that period were trending down.

The 2010s will go down in history as a decade of many newsworthy stories and, fortunately, many of them were good news — albeit less talked about than the grimmer headlines. And for even more positive news, take a look at the 15 best health news over the last decade.