One of the underlying premises of my book The Secret Peace, one of the reasons why I felt it was needed, was that it's way too easy for all of us to rely on anecdotes and personal evidence when deciding to be optimists or pessimists. I wanted something that tallied tons of data, that looked beyond individual stories to see trends that our human brains are unfortunately designed to miss.
HOWEVER ... sometimes, you just need a good pick-me-up. This story here doesn't prove any larger trend about the world, other than that people are amazing. And sure, I guess that's the most important thing.
Read this article about New Yorker Ida Keeling, and the hardships she has overcome, and how she found her passion for running again late in her life. And when we say late, we mean it. Ida is 100 years old.