2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity.

Why?

A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before.

A smaller proportion of children died than ever before.

The proportion of people disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma, or suffering from other ailments also decreased in 2017…

Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (surviving on less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, according to calculations by Max Roser, an Oxford University economist who runs a website called Our World in Data. Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water.

– Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

What positive changes did you experience in 2017? Lemme know!