All things considered, we as a civilisation live in a fairly well off and prosperous time.
Of course, on a daily basis we have to deal with the likes of Donald Trump, Brexit, Putin, terrifying wildfires and painfully antiquated ways of thinking.
But relatively speaking, it's probably safe to say that we're all living in a fairly well off time period.
Keep that in mind because as some people curse this day and age to the wind, historians think they've pin pointed when the absolute worst time to be alive was.
You might expect it would be somewhere between women being accused of witchcraft and being hanged or burned alive out of fear, or when the world was ravaged by the bubonic plague.
You'd be wrong, because it was actually in the year 536.
Researchers found that when looking back at history, for completely unrelated information about the European monetary system, they discovered that the year 536 was particularly horrifying for a number of reasons.
An article written in Antiquitydetails that in their search for information they were made aware of insights into a shocking number of natural disasters and climate changes in the time period.
It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year.
That's right, it was because of absolutely drastic changes in weather and an up tick of storms and wind that lead to widespread famine and some of the coldest temperatures ever seen before in certain areas.