Focus on the Good of 2016…Is All I am asking

In the past few days with the untimely deaths of a handful of celebrity, people around the world have expressed how they can’t wait for 2016 to be over with since it’s brought nothing but heartbreak and disappointment, just to name a few. There are magazine covers depicting the death of 2016, articles equally heart-wrenching, and then there are the somber reaction tweets streaming across the globe – all of it causing me to shake my head at the mere idea of how we fixate on the negatives most. So I turned to the internet for some positives that happened in 2016 to help everyone understand that along with the bad, there is always some good. We just need to take a step back and reflect and be thankful for all the good the world and the people in it have done NO MATTER THE YEAR.

Just in case we’ve forgotten what good came of 2016 this perfectly compiled list and some of my favorites will jar some memories and enlighten those focusing on only the doom and the gloom.

  • New chemotherapy breakthroughs have increased the 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27% (and is getting better)
  • Scientists figured out how to link robotic limbs with the part of the brain that deals with intent to move so people don’t have to think about how they will move the limb, it can just happen.
  • Child mortality is down everywhere and it keeps going down.
  • A solar powered plan circumnavigated the world.
  • Michael Jordan donates 2mil to try and help bridge connection between police and the community.
  • Tiger numbers are growing.  And manatees. And pandas.
  • Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honor killings.
  • 70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS.
  • California is now powering over 6 million homes with solar power, a record in the US (and that is the tightest shit)
  • Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours.
  • Coffee consumption has been proved to help curtail cancer and suicide rates. And Starbucks  has figured out how to donate perishable food in a food safe way.
  • 500 elephants were relocated to a better, safer and bigger home.
  • We made massive strides in Alzheimers’ prevention
  • The ozone layer is repairing itself and all the work we did to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actually worth it.
  • A new therapy developed in Israel could cure radiation sickness.
  • Precision treatments for cancer are hitting clinical trials and WORKING (as someone who’s had relatives with cancer this is the best news)
  • Dentists are once again providing free care to veterans who need it.
  • Death by heart disease has decreased by 70% in the United States
  • Two brothers saw color for the first time thanks to specially-designed glasses
  • Portugal ran its entire nation solely on renewable energy for four days straight
  • A retiree is launching a project to transport 80 endangered rhinos to an Australian reservation to save the animals from poaching
  • An Afghan teacher has been delivering books via bicycle to villages that lack schools
  • Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
  • 200 strangers attended the funeral of a homeless WW2 veteran with no family
  • Bank firm pays for college tuition for the children of employees who died in the 9/11 attacks
  • New medicine has been shown to increase melanoma survival rate to 40%
  • Toys R Us is Offered Quiet Shopping Hour for kids with autism this holiday season
  • A 4-year old befriends a lonely man and helped him heal after losing his wife
  • Families grew
  • People survived cancer
  • ****And finally – Any kind of victory, even if it affects only one person, was a victory in itself in 2016. Remember that as you take with you hopefully more positives from 2016 in order to build upon 2017.

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