It seems like the general consensus is that 2016 was really !@$#%$ up! I have been thinking about this a lot in the last few days and feel just as frustrated, angry and sad about all the deaths and crappy things that happened this year as everyone else.
After really reflecting on it, I started to think hmmm... could it be that this negative thought process has become part of the collective through media sensationalism and fake news stories? After all it couldn't have been that bad, . . .Right?!
I decided to take a look and after googling "good things that happened in 2016" It was astounding to see all the positive things that happened.
We saw good sportsmanship between competitors at the Olympics as well as many gold medals we won by our Olympians.
The First women to be nominated to a major party presidential ticket.
The Americas have been deemed Measles Free.
The unemployment rate hit a pre-recession low.
Teen pregnancy is down and high school graduation rates are at a record high.
World Crime is at a low.
The Ozone hole is repairing itself.
Pakistan made motions to end honor killings
Harriet Tubman is going to be on the new $20 bill
Endagered animals are thriving
Medicines were developed to make significant differences in Cancer, Alzheimer's and ALS.
And Heart Disease is declining!
The list goes on and on and it is a reminder that we need to stop the senseless fear inspired reporting that goes on and that goes viral on social media.
We are in control of how awesome the year is and we need to stop letting our environment create how positive or negative our state is. Let's concentrate on what we do want to see more of and stop perpetuating what we don't want in our lives.
For every negative story on Facebook or in the news, I challenge you to find something good and positive and share those stories. This is not to take light away from the bad things that happen throughout the year,. Our brains are programmed to remember those things. It is part of evolution and what keeps us safe. It is much harder to remember the good things so it is important to really focus on these events as they will keep us sane when heartache comes! If you find it particularly difficult to find some good news in a day there are always videos of baby animals to post!
For more positive views of 2016 check these posts out!
Have a happy and healthy New Years Eve and a Spectacular 2017!