Based on feedback I hear from most everyone I know (in real life and online), 2016 was a bummer of a year.
There were deaths in the family, illnesses, injuries and an election that left half the country disappointed and distraught. (No matter the election outcome, one half of the country would have felt the pain.)
Rather than getting caught up in all the negativity, name-calling and anger that infected the news and social media, I chose to stand back and let it all pass by. Not until the election did I pop my head up for a bit before retreating again when I saw that chiming in did nothing but encourage people from both sides to begin shouting even louder.
I believe all the negativity had a deleterious effect on people that manifested itself in ways no one could have imagined. People got cranky, angry, physically ill and just