But as always, don't take my word for it:
"Big picture: Americans increased spending in the final three months of 2017 at the fastest pace in almost two years, reflecting an economy hitting its stride nearly nine years after the end of the last recession."
Actually, "hitting it's stride" exactly 10 years to the month since the last recession started.
You see, I had an epiphany over the weekend: Economists are like used car salesmen, in that they don't like to give out bad news. They are constantly selling optimism, because optimism itself is one of the key ingredients in an economic expansion.