There’s money. There are achievements. There are accolades and accomplishments. But when it comes to humanity’s scoreboard, it’s hard to place any measurement of success higher than the big one: Life expectancy. And when it comes to that number, America is becoming decidedly less great. “Health experts typically expect longevity to increase as the economy grows and more health advancements are made, so the fact that life expectancy has been flat or trending downward for years now is concerning.” The Atlantic: Americans Are Dying Even Younger.

+ What’s going on? It’s mostly about two factors: Suicides and drug overdoses. Quartz: Why US life expectancy is falling, in three charts. (In the end, the only things that will survive are cockroaches and charts.)

+ America is bucking a trend. Suicides are declining around the world.