You might not realize it, but bit by bit, life is getting better. Even when the world seems like an apocalyptic wasteland in slow motion, there are forces at work to make our lives easier and more enjoyable.

It's all about design, and how thoughtful the people behind the world we interact with are. Turns out there are some great ideas in the works — and already around us — that really need to be embraced.

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1. At this restaurant, after your order is taken, the server puts an hourglass on your table.

1. At this restaurant, after your order is taken, the server puts an hourglass on your table.
Reddit |  ForFoxSake_23

If the sand runs out before your meal arrives, you eat for free! Could be fun watching the sand drain down.

2. To ease the noise when moving a chair around, there are socks for chairs.

2. To ease the noise when moving a chair around, there are socks for chairs.
Reddit |  turbocomppro

Because those stick-on felt pads don't work for everybody, and of course socks on chairs are an adorable conversation starter.

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3. Located on a windy pier, this recycling bin has been designed not to blow over when a big gust comes along.

3. Located on a windy pier, this recycling bin has been designed not to blow over when a big gust comes along.
Reddit |  Silentowns

Nice to see it being used so well, too.

4. At this breakfast buffet, instead of putting your condiments in a plastic cup, you can put them in the bottom of an ice cream cone.

4. At this breakfast buffet, instead of putting your condiments in a plastic cup, you can put them in the bottom of an ice cream cone.
Reddit |  Mirtie

We're always fans of less plastic and more flavor.