While I am more pessimistic than a lot of people, I have my times when I am more hopeful (or try to be). I do believe that most things tend to run in cycles, the good and the bad, so things probably only get so bad before they improve again (just as things that are going atypically good tend to decline with time). My grandfather always used to tell me, "It's a great life if you don't weaken." I suppose that meant there will be trials to endure, so try to be strong through them while you can.
I mentioned here before my accountant friend, who claims that things are not nearly as bad as many Americans make them out to be. He says, "What do you really need to live? Not want, but really need? If things were really bad, the average American would struggle to get enough food to eat, enough clean water, adequate shelter from the elements, and would be at risk for injury or death from violence around them. But very few Americans lack these things. To the contrary, most people still have a car to drive, cable TV, electronic gadgets to play with, they eat out rather than cook at home, they go out for entertainment. Amerricans are spoiled. We think we are deprived because we can't afford all the luxuries, but more than our basic needs are already met."
I respond to him that life should be more than being satisfied not to starve or freeze to death today. The gadgets and distractions we pursue are pale substitutes for what we all really want -- hope: peace of mind, connections with people, and the feeling that our lives are meaningful. And those things are what is taking a big hit these days.