The 15 January 2018 issue of TIME had a series of essays from optimists looking at the world today.  There were two quotes, taken from the longer essays, that for different reasons stood out to me.  First from Malala Yousafzai , a Pakastani who advocates for education for women and who survived a murder attempt on her life by the Taliban:

“Earlier this year, someone asked me, ‘After everything you’ve been through and everything you’ve seen, how do you keep from being hopeless?’ After talking for a moment about all the things to be grateful for in my own life, I said, ‘I think it’s pointless to be hopeless.  If you are hopeless, you waste your present and your future.'”

On a lighter note, comedian Trevor Noah says:

  “People always ask, Is the world getting better or is it getting worse?  . . .  I’ve come to find one of the reasons I believe the world is getting better is because we have access to information on how bad the world actually is.”