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It is said to be a time of optimism for the future of the American people, and that the country as a whole will be better off.  The media tends to reports all sorts of horrible thing, from wars to natural disasters. It is rare they report anything good, but huge improvements have been made all over the world. Just as one example is that early in the 19th century only 12.5% of the world’s population could read. That figure has now risen to more than 85% and is improving every year.

What things are there though that could affect you personally, and why should you be optimistic about the future?

Starting Your Own Business

It is easier than ever to start your own business in the US. You do not need a lot of dollars to get started, and if you are prepared to work hard to get it off the ground, you can be working for yourself instead of someone else. It is not so many years ago that the technology to make this possible was not available, but now anyone can offer products for sale or a service. You just have to make sure you comply with the laws of the state you are located in, and then you can get started.

Businesses do not need to have the expensive overheads of premises, as online businesses can thrive without these costs. Whether you want to work at your own business full-time or have it as a secondary income, make that first step now.

Healthcare Advances

Technology has affected most areas of our lives, and healthcare is no exception. The outlook for curing diseases such as cancer is much better than it ever was, and with things such as stem cell therapy for stroke, improved cholesterol drugs, gene therapy for inherited retinal diseases, and a much-improved way of delivering insulin for diabetics, there will be a lot fewer people suffering pain and discomfort.

There are also advances being made in the way healthcare is delivered, the way patients are cared for in hospitals, and the way communications between physicians, consultants and surgeons take place. Live discussions, even when all these specialists are not in the same location, can help someone’s treatment be administered in a much quicker way, aiding their recovery.

Better healthcare will lead to healthier and longer lives, with the onset of age-related conditions not occurring till later in life.

Improved Education Opportunities

If you flunked out of school and have been in a dead end job ever since you may be wishing that you could get some qualifications to increase your earning power. This used to be a problem for some folks who felt they were too old to join the youngsters on college courses, but not anymore.

It does not matter how old you are, how short, tall, thin fat, male, female or even if you are purple with yellow spots and antennae on your head. Everyone can do courses online, and it really is up to you whether you are seen or not.

Most colleges and universities offer all their courses online as well as in their physical building. You can carry on working while you are studying as well, so finances need not stop you obtaining the qualifications you want.

You will still get all the support you need from the tutors and can join in online discussions with them and other students, just as though you were in the classroom altogether.

Staying Optimistic

There really are lots of things to be optimistic about. Read a chapter in a history book to see how things have improved in the last couple of hundred years, then think how much quicker they will continue to get better as new technology evolves.

You may think that you have a hard life, but just stop and look around you and notice what you have. It is not the material things that should concern you, but your family and friends. Feel grateful that you have them in your life, as they alone are one reason that you should be looking forward to the future.

Don’t keep watching the doom and gloom of the news programs continually. Most of us like to know what is going on in the world, but you do not need to watch these shows 10 times a day.

If you stay optimistic, mentally you will feel fitter and more alert. Keep other optimistic people in your life as this will increase your feelings of well being, and you will realize that you have a whole lot of things to be thankful for, now and in the future.

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