If you need an injection of positivity to fuel your optimist fire, check out this good news, and then go make some of your own:
Reason No. 1: Donations to activist organizations have spiked higher than ever.
Reason No. 2: Solar power is now cheaper than coal, gas, and oil.
Reason No. 3: Many companies are using their technology to help people on a massive scale, through initiatives like The Polaris Project.
Reason No. 4: New discoveries in epigenetics show that it's much easier to change our DNA, even through our thoughts, than scientists previously realized.
Reason No. 5: We're actually living in the most peaceful era since the existence of our species.
Reason No. 6: The kids are all right. Young people are coming up with brilliant solutions to some of the world's biggest problems.
Reason No. 7: Not all billionaires are bad. Some are actually doing incredible things to change the world.
Reason No. 8: Vertical forests will soon suck pollution out of smog-filled cities in China and beyond.
Reason No. 9: Thanks to the internet, social media, and rapid advancements in technology, we can reach and help people around the world more quickly and effectively than ever before.
These reasons are not a justification to ignore the bad and scary things happening in the world or to become complacent. But I encourage all of us to find joy, stay optimistic, and do our best to embody the change we want to see in the world. When you feel the weight of oppression on your shoulders, joy is an act of rebellion and activism.