17 good news stories that proved 2017 wasn't a complete waste of time

Years ago – before social media, Brexit and Donald Trump – there was a word our parents and our parents' parents used to use.

It's a little archaic now, but we looked it up in the Oxford Dictionary and apparently, it means: "Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something."

The word is "optimism".

It looks funny written down, doesn't it? We're not 100% sure how to pronounce it, but if we understand its meaning correctly, then the best way to shake off the nightmares of the past 12 months and to enter 2018 anew is with a bit of good news.

So to make us all more "optimistic", "hopeful" and "confident" about the future, we've trawled the internet to find the 17 stories that proved 2017 wasn't so bad after all.

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