2016’s bitter aftertaste left pretty low expectations for 2017. It didn’t help that a lot of the good news in 2017 was drowned out by the bad. While every year comes with its highs and lows, we’ve decided to end the year with a positive bang and a generous dose of hope. So, in case you missed it, here’s a taste of some of the good stuff that happened this year:


#1: Advances in medicine and health

Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash.

#2: Climate change and the environment


#3: Positive conversations about conservation


#4: Science and tech made leaps and bounds

Photo by NASA on Unsplash. 

#5: More progress in the world of politics


#6: Pop culture was pretty rad


#7: Music, the universal language

Photo by Mike Giles on Unsplash.

#8: Big achievements on the big screen


#9: Kiwi sporting successes


#10: Social media has become the face of social change


#11: The good that came from violence, terrorism, disaster and hate

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.


And many more.

Buried beneath the heady amount of bad news, there’s plenty of good news stories we miss. Why are we mindlessly consumed by the heavily advertised misery in the world? There’s a lot of good news stories out there that go unreported every day. There’s beauty and hope in everything. It’s all a matter of perspective.

As we welcome a new year, let’s take 2018’s headlines with a grain of positivity.

Did we miss anything? Let us know!


MARIE YSABEL LANDINGIN is known by many names, from childhood nicknames to a certain tropical fruit. Has a massive list of things to do, but should probably get some sleep first. An open-minded urban planning student aspiring to somehow change the world for the better.