I can be very specific about a trend I've noticed over the past few years. Most of my male friends, age 40 plus, have a very doom and gloom outlook on things happening these days. No matter how hard I try to convince them otherwise, I just get labeled. Well my pessimistic friends, here are 14 fact-checked things to back me up, thanks to the always awesome John Green.

There is good news for the economy and the cost of things, health care and mortality rates, science & technology and more in this video. So turn down the volume on the nay-sayers and turn up the volume on this and, Happy New Year !