Winter 2011 eNewsletter

11 Positive Trends in 2011

Good news seems hard to find but if you look around, there’s actually plenty of it out there.  It seems that increasing optimism and decreasing pessimism has the potential to impact  our day-to-day interactions as well as our general health and welfare.  Here are 11 reasons to be optimistic in the New Year!

  1.  We Are Safer.  Crime is down – number of murders, rapes, robberies decreased as well as property crime levels which are down 25% nationally since the early 1990’s.
  2. We Use Less Energy.  The average per person consumption of energy  has fallen about 9% from its peak during the oil and energy crisis of 1978-1979.  
  3. We Give And Give.  More than a quarter of US adults volunteered with nonprofit organizations, contributing more than 8 trillion hours of service and over $300 billion.
  4. We Live Longer And Feel Better.  According to a recent survey, once people reach the 50 year milestone, their levels of stress, anxiety and worry decline and feelings of happiness and enjoyment increase.
  5. Young People Make Smarter Decisions About Their Well-Being.  The percentage of high school students who smoke, use alcohol and hard drugs has steadily fallen. 
  6. Our Bonds Are Stronger.  The rate at which couples are getting divorced continues to fall from 4.0 to 3.5 per 1,000 people.
  7. We Drive More Carefully.  The average driver has less chance  of being involved in a fatal traffic accident and 8.9% fewer people dying in car crashes overall.
  8. Our Hearts Love Anti-Smoking Laws.  Heart attacks continue to decline in smoke-free communities, sometimes as much as 25% below pre-ban numbers.
  9. Women Are Healthier.  In the US, incidences of breast cancer and deaths from breast cancer decreases 2% in the past 7 years.
  10. We Move More.  Strength training, working out with personal trainers, and fitness programs for adults were among the top 10 fitness trends for 2010.
  11. We Know The Power Of Positive.  An upbeat attitude does more than boost spirits.  Recent research by AHA shows that  women who expected good rather than bad lived longer.

--Reprinted from Good Neighbor Magazine

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