2017 was good, 2018 will be much better. The economy is roaring, deregulation is releasing the chains on business, and the world isn't laughing at "red lines" laid down by an America that is all talk an no action. We finally got a Supreme Court Judge that will rule based on actual law rather than be an activist for certain causes. The holiday spending records show a great optimism in consumer confidence. The Tax law will mean in 2018 that the vast majority of workers get more money in their pockets. I'm less worried in 2017 that someone will try to take away what I worked for in the name of "fairness" or "equitable outcomes" than in 2016. This behemoth of bureaucracy we call self government is shrinking. States are regaining their rights. The charities I support with my time and money are doing awesome work. My family is healthy, happy, warm. My kid is making great grades in school, and working hard and excelling at his extracurricular activities and hobbies. His friends are awesome and come from good families. I am truly a blessed soul, and I'm thankful for it every single day.
Got laid off and it was the best day of my life. Now looking at doing what I like to do instead of working for a clueless hospital.
Since I retired in March, it's been generally positive. The circus in DC offsets much of it, though.
2017 was challenging at the personal and career level. Suffered a work-site injury requiring surgery that took me out on leave for many months. Was unable to be onsite for my customer's major EHR activation after having worked with them for 18 months in preparation for the go-live event (they did just fine without me). Trying to decide on whether to accept a new assignment or give it up for good, after 40 years in the healthcare IT industry. Watched helplessly from afar while family and friends struggled with the outcomes of the hurricane season; some are still without power and safe water. I agree with other posters that the general political climate has worsened considerably in the past year in our country.
I lost my husband & 3 wks later lost my son in law to cancer.. Diagnosis to death less than 6 mos. Lung cancer Mets to brain - never smoked. 39 yrs old. 2018 has to be better
In 2017 I purchased a new house that I love, closer to work and family, so I answered your poll yes. However, I echo all of the other comments here that the national news, mood, and leadership are extremely demoralizing. It almost swung my vote to no.
It feels like healthcare took some steps backwards in 2017. Access to care is becoming a greater issue, affordable insurance is under attack, and we are not tackling the rising cost problem. I have become fairly pessimistic that we have the collective will to propose, debate and rally around pragmatic solutions that are economically fair, optimize around desirable outcomes, and limit the role of ideology//politics. We can do so much better with the dollars we spend as a country.
The escalation of polarization and ignorance and vitriol in both the political environment and the social media are so sad and demoralizing. I find it painful to look at Twitter or Facebook or even mainstream news sites like NYTimes and WSJ because of the general loss of civility and and common sense everywhere you look. While our day to day life has not changed so much as yet, the outlook seems grim between all the saber rattling, invective, disrespect for science, and willful gutting of the government's responsibility to protect us from special interests, environmental hazards, harmful and unproven drugs, anti-vaxers, extremist groups such as the white supremacists, and on and on.
On a 100% personal day-to-day level, yes - but it is a little hard to say it, when 2017 also saw me go from an optimist to someone not entirely convinced that the future of humanity is good or even long. I think a lot of people got more cynical, which is not the personal growth we'd hoped for.