16 Good Things That Happened In 2017 Because The Year Wasn’t A Complete Garbage Fire

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With 2018 around the corner, it's easy to think about all the awful things that happened in 2017. From natural disasters to terror attacks to the slow but steady irreversibility of global warming, it's been a bleak year in a lot of ways. It wasn't all bad, but it's not exactly surprising if you don't look back on 2017 with fondness. I'm a glass-half-full kind of person, but even I feel like this year was a mess from start to finish. Thankfully, there were some actual good things that happened in 2017, even though it may be difficult to remember anything wholesome in this year's news cycle.

It's important to acknowledge the bad things that happened, especially the events that led to human suffering — more than one-third of Puerto Rico is still without power. But it's also essential and even necessary to reflect on the good things we experienced, and once you start looking for good news, you'll probably get overwhelmed by just how many positive things happened this year. I was pretty pessimistic when I started my search for good things that happened in the year that blew 2016's record for terribleness out of the water, but I'm reminded of the memes, laughs, and redeeming stories we gained this year. While this list is by no means comprehensive, here are a few of my faves.