Judging from the opinion page, many of our neighbors here in paradise exist in a perpetual state of fear and indignation. It's almost as if they have been fed a steady diet of outrage until they are impervious to good news.
What better time than this joyous season for some much-needed perspective: Two wars are coming to an end, the unemployment rate is down, and the stock market is up. As of this year, America has regained all the wealth lost during the Great Recession.
The teen pregnancy rate is down, while the high school graduation rate is up. The murder rate is at a 100-year low. The housing market is coming back, driving economic growth in all sectors. The deficit is shrinking rapidly, and government spending has slowed to a 50-year low.
GDP growth is better than expected despite austerity measures and increased taxes. And private-sector job creation is the best since 1999.
Finally, one of the wealthiest nations on Earth has taken steps toward universal health care for all of its citizens.
I suggest we all take a break from the outrage of the day, real or imagined, and count our blessings.