I have been reading a book called Factfulness, with a subtitle that says Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think’. Bill Gates supposedly called it one of the most important books he has ever read. The book begins by asking the reader to answer a few questions such as “In the last twenty years, the majority of the world population living in extreme poverty has: A) Almost doubled B) Remained the same C) Almost Halved.” By the way, only 5% got this right. The correct answer is C. The number of people worldwide who live in extreme poverty has been halved in the last twenty years – yet most people think the opposite. The book is loaded with interesting facts, but even more importantly, it explains why people tend to focus on the negative rather than the truth. Factfulness is an easy read, and in this age where every headline is designed to shock and scare you, it’s a refreshing look at the world as it really is.