A bit of end-of-year reflection is pretty inevitable as we approach the chaos of New Year's Eve and the uncertainty of what 2018 holds for us all. But Barack Obama has taken the opportunity to not only reflect, but also encourage, urging people to 'keep changing the world in 2018'.

Over the course of five tweets, the former US president shared several inspirational stories from 2017.

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He started the thread by saying: "As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what's ahead. For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America."

He then tweeted three stories from the past year about people doing good things.

"Kat Creech, a wedding planner in Houston, turned a postponed wedding into a volunteer opportunity for Hurricane Harvey victims. Thirty wedding guests became an organization of hundreds of volunteers. That's a story from 2017.

"Chris Long gave his paychecks from the first six games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, VA. He wanted to do more, so he decided to give away an entire season's salary. That's a story from 2017.

"Ten-year-old Jahkil Jackson is on a mission to help homeless people in Chicago. He created kits full of socks, toiletries, and food for those in need. Just this week, Jahkil reached his goal to give away 5,000 'blessing bags'. That's a story from 2017."

But it was the final tweet of the thread that he really hit his message, saying: "All across America people chose to get involved, get engaged and stand up. Each of us can make a difference, and all of us ought to try. So go keep changing the world in 2018."

Good to see that Obama is living up to his title as the 'most admired man' in the world - an accolade he won for the 10th year running in a recent survey conducted by Gallup.

In a similar move, one Twitter user, Jacob Atkins, also took to social media with a thread of positive news stories from 2017. The thread soon went viral as people across the world were uplifted by Atkins' tweets.

It's a nice reminder that, while the world feels like a dark place at times, good things happen, too - things that often get overshadowed at the time by more weighty news items.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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