What went right in 2021: the top 26 good news stories of the year

8. The world became more socially progressive 

Despite the culture wars, creeping nationalism and rise of authoritarianism, the world has become more socially progressive.

That’s according to the latest Social Progress Index. It has been tracking the progress of 167 countries since 2011, assessing their rights, education, quality of care, and environment.

The result? The good news is that 147 countries scored higher in 2021 than a decade ago. Only four countries (the US and Brazil, Syria, South Sudan) were worse off. “Social progress is advancing across the world,” the report concluded.

And in 2021, you didn’t have to look far for proof…

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