For many people, 2016 felt like a year filled with injustice and loss. There is undoubtedly a great deal of work still to be done to make our society more just and inclusive. However, it’s also worth reflecting on the fact that societies around the world have made huge strides in improving average well-being over the last 200 years. At Our World in Data, Max Roser shares six key charts of long-run global improvements in health, education, and governance. And these improvements happened because people kept working for them, even when things felt difficult. Let’s commit to do the same in 2017.