It’s been a rough year — at this point we can probably all agree on that.

But as the end of this difficult year draws near, Bill Gates wants us to take a moment to remember that it hasn’t all been bad.

Despite violent conflicts, natural disasters, and political clashes, 2017 has had its bright moments and on Tuesday morning Gates spotlighted some of this year’s most inspiring and uplifting tweets and events.

In a string of tweets, Gates shared everything from hard-earned educational achievements

To global health milestones

And even a tender moment the Microsoft founder shared with a sea lion.

Gates seems determined to end his 2017 on a positive note and kick off next year with hope and optimism, and he invited the Twitterverse to do the same, asking his followers to share the tweets that inspired them this year.

And like Gates, Global Citizen paused to look back on this year’s wins and achievements. Read more about the countries and moments giving us hope for 2018.

The Twittersphere was quick to respond to Gates’ thread, highlighting their own best moments of the year and thanking Gates for putting a positive light on the year’s events.

Disclosure: Bill Gates is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a funding partner of Global Citizen.

Editor's note: This piece has been updated to include a disclosure that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a funding partner of Global Citizen. We regret the oversight.


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