15 Awesome Things That Happened In 2016

We all know that 2016 was a super trying year and it seems like 2017 is slated to follow suit. Between the war on terror, the current political climate across the globe, mass shootings, the rash of celebrity deaths, race conflicts, the wage gap and other persisting issues, it can be very disheartening to look towards a brighter tomorrow. This can be especially true if you are an avid user of social media. It can proliferate your newsfeed with tons of negativity that you can’t seem to escape.

It’s human nature to linger on the bad things that we experience more so than the good, but why do we do this? Professor Nass, who co-authored “The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships” (Penguin 2010) answered this very question in an interview with the New York Times.  He said, “The brain handles positive and negative information in different hemispheres. Negative emotions generally involve more thinking, and the information is processed more thoroughly than positive ones, Thus, we tend to ruminate more about unpleasant events — and use stronger words to describe them — than happy ones.” This can allow negative information to penetrate our beings more deeply and leave lasting emotions about them. Many people who intensely frequent social media and the news in general often experience depression, social isolation and anxiety.

We’re sure you remember many of the atrocities that occurred in the past year, but maybe it’s time to take a look at the good things that happened. While we all deal with whatever realities might plague us, don’t forget that there are many beautiful things happening too. Even amongst all of the chaos. Here are some of our favorite awesome things that happened in 2016 to help you look towards a brighter future!