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10 Positive Trends in Society |Being Thankful for the Big Things

Childhood Mortality 1970-2011

Childhood Mortality 1970-2011
Photo Credit: WorldBank

I’m a big fan of deliberately developing an attitude of gratitude–being thankful in all things. Yet we seem to be bombarded on every front with all the negatives happening all over the world. Lately my head has been spinning as I try to keep up with the many negative stories in both national and international affairs. I may be ordinary, but I do try to keep up. Really. But with a new crisis surfacing with almost every news cycle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and even depressed. It’s easy to feel that life is crashing in on every side.

That’s why I was excited when I talked to my friend Stephanie Shoquist. She mentioned a talk she heard by Johnny Enlow, who pointed out ten trends in society that are improving over time–things like reduced world poverty, reduced abortion rates, and reduced child mortality. She blogged about the list earlier this month. I was surprised by some items on the list, but can definitely add these to my list of things I can thank God for.

I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many trends that are improving. Can you add to this list?