WIS Perspective: An editorial on peace and goodwill

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As we head into the new year, I thought it might be a nice idea to share some good tidings with you. So here are some positive statistics about the world we live in to lift your spirits.

People in the U.S. donate more than twice as much to charity as a percentage of  gross domestic product than the next most generous nation, Great Britain. Americans who make less than $25,000 a year give on average 4.2% of their salary to charity while those who earn $75,000/year give 2.7% .

We should all be happy to know that violent crime in the U.S. has declined 15% in the last 10 years, and the murder rate last year was the lowest in the U.S. since 1964.

The Global Hunger Index which measures the number of people and level of hunger in the world has fallen almost 25% since 1990.

And lastly, in the past 20 years overall armed conflicts have fallen by more than 40 percent, and extremely violent conflicts -- those with 1,000 or more battle deaths -- have dropped by 80 percent.

So maybe peace and goodwill towards men are not as illusive as they often seem.  That's a little positive perspective, and I wish you a joyous new year.

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