Being positive is all good, but some dose of reality will straighten you up sensibly, especially the depressing ones. Don’t get me wrong, being optimistic gives us hope, but there is nothing wrong with knowing the sad reality of what we are having now. It makes us open-minded about stuff. For those who want to enjoy their day without being tainted by negativity, you can back away now because this list will throw you some depressing reality in the face in the form of statistics. It is not going to be good for your mood.
1. Because of poverty, 22,000 kids die every single day.
2. A typical cow in the European Union receives a government subsidy of $2.20 a day. The cow earns more than 1.2 billion of the world’s poorest people.
3. Nearly 15% of them will commit suicide before turning 18.
4. 75% of the total deaths during World War II were civilians (nearly 50 million people)
5. There are nearly 210 million orphans in the world.
6. Your brain starts to deteriorate when you are 27.
7. Both in rich countries and poor, a staggering 30-50% of all food produced rots away uneaten.
8. The United States now spends some $200 billion on the correctional system each year, a sum that exceeds the gross domestic product of twenty-five US states and 140 foreign countries.
9. At least 10 times as many girls are now trafficked into brothels annually as African slaves were transported to the New World in the peak years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
10. According to a study by NASA engineers, it was found that 60 out of 1000 drivers would go out of their way to hit animals on the road (don’t worry, they were fake, and yes, NASA engineers actually performed this study).
11. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 per day.
12. One fourth of humanity lives without electricity.
13. Studies at the University of Kent have shown that the majority of people donate to charity to feel good about themselves.
14. 2 million children die of preventable diseases every year (diarrhea, pneumonia) because they are too poor to afford treatment.
15. 1.2 billion people live in places without an adequate supply of water.
16. 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 15 are working under forced labor conditions.
17. 1.6 billion live in places where they do have access to water, but they simply cannot afford it.
18. 34% of the homeless population in the United States is young people under 24.
19. Cargo ships and cruise liners dump 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean every year.
20. And since this list is about depressing statistics, we’ll end with the fact that 350 million people around the world are struggling with depression right now.