Amazing list of 'Good Things' that happened in 2016 delights the internet
If you are feeling pretty depressed about the way 2016 panned out, then here are a few things that may just cheer you up.
2016 has been a pretty terrible year, with the deaths of much-loved icons including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince adding to the blue mood.
It has been dubbed “officially the worst year in the history of the universe” on social media, with another adding: “2016 can end any time now.”
Tumblr user helthehatter has responded to the gloomy outlook by creating a list of good things that have happened in 2016 to cheer everyone up.
Helthehatter told BuzzFeed that her list of heart-warming moments was inspired by an uplifting Reddit thread.
She lists new chemotherapy breakthroughs, a decrease in child mortality rates and donations from the Ice Bucket Challenge funding a potential ASL breakthrough as just a few of the good things.
The blogger also shared some heartwarming stories, including 200 strangers attending the funeral of a homeless WW2 veteran with no family and a teenager battling cancer marrying his sweetheart.
"Any year spent with loved ones, be they family or friends, is a good year. Trust me," she wrote.
She asked for others to share their own good news stories, adding: "Even if it's something small like you ate cheesecake THAT is good news."
Many have also been tweeting using the hashtag #goodthingsin2016
Male suicide rate down for 2 consecutive years for 1st time post-recession: esp in middle-aged men who have highest risk. #goodthingsin2016— louis appleby (@ProfLAppleby) December 30, 2016
I broke up with my ex earlier this year and I've never felt so alive being single ! #goodthingsin2016— KrissieCosplay (@JokerrQuinn) December 31, 2016