16 Good Things That Happened in 2016

Maggie Coleman and Lauren Lents

Despite the fact that everyone dubbed 2016 as the “worst year ever”, there actually have been some good things that happened in 2016. Hopefully this list will brighten up your 2017 and help you start the new year with an optimistic mindset!


  1. Niall Horan released his first single since One Direction went on hiatus
  2. Pandas are no longer endangered!
  3. One Direction has confirmed they aren’t breaking up
  4. There are no more OER’s on the STAAR!
  5. California is now powering 6 million homes with solar energy
  6. Tiger, panda, and manatee numbers are growing
  7. The Cubs finally won the world series
  8. The U.S. dominated the gymnastics part of the Olympics
  9. A new Harry Potter book and movie were released
  10. Leonardo Dicaprio won an Oscar
  11. The Hamilton Musical released a mixtape of all their songs
  12. The Cowboys became first in the division
  13. The ozone layer is repairing itself
  14. The world crime rate has slowly declined
  15. Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill
  16. The world’s largest marine reserve was established near Antarctica