Actually, 2016 was a good year

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Now that we’re officially in 2017, and most of you are home, here are my thoughts on the New Year.

First, let’s get this out of the way. 2016 sucked, and we said goodbye to many celebrities and loved ones, and Trump is the president elect of the USA. Things seem to have turned out pretty shitty.

But, as we sometimes forget we do, we focus on the negative things, and we neglect to look for a balance between good and bad. Many beautiful and amazing things also happened in 2016, such as new chemotherapy breakthroughs that will give hope to so many cancer patients, scientists linked robotic limbs to the human brain giving hope to amputees, child mortality rates are going down, the gene responsible for ALS was found, a solar powered plane circumnavigated the world, tiger, manatee, and panda numbers are growing, 70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS, volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours, coffee consumption has been proved to curtail cancer and suicide rates, 500 elephants were relocated to better and safer homes, massive strides in Alzheimers prevention were made, a new radiation sickness therapy was developed in Israel, the Rabbinical Assembly issued a resolution affirming the rights of transgender and non-conforming individuals, precision treatments for cancer are hitting clinical trials, and Leo FINALLY won that Oscar!

(More good news here https://goo.gl/NyvCiS)

Yes, we had a shocking list of family members, friends, and celebrities who passed away during 2016, and we are saddened by the massive loss of companionship, connections, and talent, but we need to also remember the other behind-the-scenes people who are working really hard and dedicating their lives to making the world a better place, and we need to see all the lives that were and will be saved and improved by the amazing discoveries made.

That being said, I am also taking something positive from all the deaths in 2016. The fact that we were sad and that we mourned them showed me that we are not blasé about death, that we still feel deeply, and that our humanity is still intact.

So I propose that we focus on and celebrate the good in the world, the innovation, the good deeds, the good people, the positive. We need to remind ourselves that we are capable of so much more than what we believe, and that we need to look inward and see our value ourselves, and find the solutions and positivity inside ourselves, instead of listening to the doom and gloom, and negativity of politicians and the media.

We need to set our different opinions aside, and in love we should celebrate our humanity, and work together to build a better world. Together we can fight oppression, inequality, and all the bad that is forced on us.

So I wish you all an amazing and prosperous, positive, joyful, happy, and successful 2017!

Let us be the light in the world.

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