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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Wasn't All Bad, I Promise (Here's A List!)

I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a year end, have you?

I mean, honestly! Between the election and all its bile, the massive amount of celebrity deaths, the terror attacks all over the world, Russia dabbling in our election. . .

It's been a hard, angry, generally terrifying year.

But there have been good things, too. For instance:

The teen birth rate is at an all-time low in the USA and high school graduation rates are at an all-time high

Over 800 Boko Haram hostages were rescued by the Nigerian Army

A new installment to the Harry Potter franchise rolled out and JK Rowling shared this amazing and inspirational message on Christmas Eve

20 Countries pledged more than 5.3 billion dollars for ocean conservation and marine sanctuaries

Despite what careless news outlets like to scream at you, the jobless rate in the US reached a low not seen since before the recession.

I could go on and on because honestly, there's a lot of good news from 2016. A lot.

So really, even if you aren't a Cubs fan, the year hasn't been all bad. We've still got chocolate, puppies and kittens, bacon, music, good books (ahem) and every single day we all have a chance to make 2017 better, from the moment we open our eyes. Let's not get so mired in fighting what's wrong around us that we can't treasure all that's gone right.

And with that, I'll leave you with the internet star of 2016, Chewbacca Mom, reminding us that it's the little things (and not just the big celebrity stories) that make a life.

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