Earlier this year, two academics out of the University of Vermont developed a tool to measure the world's happiness called the ‘Hedonometer’. Scraping 50 million tweets per day off Twitter, it gives a ballpark read of the mood of the population. As you can imagine, the Hedonometer has nothing but bad things to say about 2020. Between Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and the ever declining prospects of climate change, it's been a case of troughs and troughs.
But is there any hope on the horizon? Rutger Bregman and Jess Scully – radical optimists and panellists of Antidote's ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ – think so. In their own ways, they theorise that humans aren't inherently destructive or selfish, and that we ought to go into 2021 remembering that we are capable of great things. So on that note, we took the question to the rest of the Antidote line up: what are your reasons to be cheerful in 2021?