There Are Way Too Many Good Things Happening In The World Right Now

And guess what? You're one of them.

While sometimes it may seem like there's one tragedy after another, we like to focus on the good that can come out of even the toughest situations

Not only are there good things happening every day,  but anyone and everyone can do their part to make sure these good things keep coming. Whether you donate your time or money to a worthy cause, perform a random act of kindness, or just say something nice to a stranger,  your actions can make a positive difference. And if everyone does one good thing a day — no matter how big or small — we can accomplish so much together. 



There are already so many positive things happening in the world right now we can look to as examples. And while we couldn't possibly fit them all into one list, we've highlighted just a few of our favorites: 

1. A Night Of Too Many Stars is raising millions of dollars to support autism schools, programs, and services.

Since 2005, comedian John Stewart has hosted "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs" a benefit event at Madison Square Garden that has raised more than $24 million to support autism schools, programs, and services. 

Each year, the night has only gotten bigger and better, featuring some of the most talented people in comedy, including — but certainly not limited to —  Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, John Oliver, and Adam Sandler. 

Now, this "good thing" is sure to have its greatest impact. For the first time ever, HBO will air the event live on November 18 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. So anyone can take part in the fun, and do their part to do something amazing. 

2. Public laws and private initiatives are decreasing food waste and helping those in need.

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, an estimated one-third of food is wasted worldwide. The good news is that countries and companies are working to decrease that number, and helping those who need it most in the process. In 2016, France and Italy passed laws to decrease food waste by incentivizing businesses to donate unsold food to charities. Additionally, Denmark launched its first food waste supermarket which sells unsold food donated by supermarkets and businesses at a cut price.

In the private sector, Starbucks teamed up with the Food Donation Connection and Feeding America last year to create a new program called FoodShare, allowing the company to donate all its leftover prepared meals to food banks. Darden Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and Nando's also work with Food Donation Connection to donate their surplus food to charity. 

3. We've already eradicated one disease from the planet, and we're well on our way to getting rid of the second.

Courtesy of Logan Tittle 
Courtesy of Logan Tittle 

After thousands of years of medical advancements, we successfully eradicated smallpox. Now, polio is next. Many scientists, medical professionals, and volunteers have come together to increase vaccination efforts in countries like India that in the late 1970s saw 150,000 to 200,000 new cases every year. Their good work has had life-saving results. By 2011, the number of new polio cases in India was zero.  

This progress is due to the tireless work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative that has decreased the global incidence of polio by 99.9 percent since the organization's launch in 1988. So far in 2017, there have only been eight confirmed cases of the wild virus. Successful vaccination pushes — especially to young children — have been key in preventing new polio cases, and the overwhelming success has paved the way for developing countries to administer routine immunizations to all children for other diseases like measles, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tetanus, and typhoid. 

4. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have donated $45 million to help two big causes.



According to a recent report from VICE News, the couple has pledged $45 million dollars to help fight mass incarceration and fix the affordable housing crisis. And this is just the beginning. With much of it spent over the past 10 months in 2017, the donation is merely the "first series of investments by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)." 

Zuckerberg and Chan have put their funds toward lobbying local officials across the United States to pass fairer sentencing laws, or restrict the practice of sentencing people under the age of 18 years old as adults. With their second cause, the organization has consulted both academics and legislators on getting behind positive changes to create more available affordable housing. For example, they awarded a $3.6 million grant to UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation to help research how to create more affordable housing.

5. More students are successfully graduating from U.S. high schools than ever before.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the national graduation rate hit an all-time high of 83.2 percent— marking it the fifth straight record-setting year. Overall, that means 2.8 million more students have graduated from high school since 2001. While that's already a lot of good, the future for high school students looks even better. 

The GradNation campaign, made up of America's Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, are working to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by the Class of 2020. In doing so, they aim to "put millions more young people on the path to adult success," whether that means pursuing post-secondary education, or entering the workforce. One (good) thing's for sure: everyone benefits from increased access to education. 

6. The ozone layer has been repairing itself for the past 30 years.

Three decades ago, every nation came together to sign one of the most successful environmental agreements in history: The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This global agreement has helped protect Earth's ozone layer by phasing out the consumption and production of man-made chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that deplete it. Signed on September 16, 1987, the agreement also created World Ozone Day. 

As a result of these global protection efforts, the ozone layer is on track to recovery by mid-century. Though it hasn't happened yet, that's still a seriously good thing because, even before we achieve that goal, up to 2 million cases of skin cancer will have been prevented globally each year by 2030. Additionally, the act has helped U.S. citizens born between 1890 and 2100 avoid 283 million cases of skin cancer (to put that into perspective, that's 85 percent of the current population). So yeah, that's a ton of good that can only get better.  

7. You are here.

And no, we don't just mean in this article. You're in the world right now, and that's a seriously good thing. Think about it: whenever you help others, no matter how big or small, that sets into motion way too many good things to count. Trust us, we've tried. 

Because there are way too many good things happening in the world right now, you can contribute to any and all of them. Wherever your passion takes you, you are one good thing that's capable of spreading so much positivity.. 

And when it comes to good things, you can never have too too many. 

Cover image via Annie Spratt I Unsplash



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