So we thought we'd try asking interesting people in different fields to buck the trend, and tell Newsweek a couple of things they're excited for or feel positive about in 2018.
Laura Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull, was sentenced in a Boxing Day hearing to three years' prison time after she was found with nearly 300 Tramadol pills.
Margaret Thatcher was one of Britain's most ideologically certain and outspoken prime ministers, who was rarely afraid of taking a hard line on any issue.
In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the so-called 'triple talaq' which Muslim men used to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word "talaq" three times.
According to the heritage charity, which manages over 250,000 hectares of countryside, the weather in 2017 was hotter overall and the seasons were more poorly demarcated.
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Princess Michael of Kent, the wife of the Queen's cousin Prince Michael, was pictured attending the royals' Christmas meal in London.
The response came as an influential think tank warned the government would need to work harder to keep people in influential Brexit delivery roles and reduce "churn."
The robots are coming and we need to make sure they vote Tory! That's (sort of) the message behind a new pamphlet published by the activist site ConservativeHome.
The disclosure is contained in a short paragraph buried in the annual report of parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee.
Over at Private Eye, they've decided poor Farage is so hard-up that they'll make him the subject of their Christmas Appeal.
The snaps, shot at Frogmore House on the castle estate, were taken by Alexi Lubomirski, a New York-based fashion photographer.
Research by Amnesty International earlier this year found that Abbott received 10 times as much Twitter abuse as any other MP.
MI5 told Parliament committee it was aware of 3,000 "subjects of interest" and a further 20,000 people who had previously been subjects of interest.
An anonymous serving military officer said it was a "strategic embarrassment for the country and a strategic embarrassment for defense."
All three companies stressed that they were actively addressing all the issues Cooper raised, but accepted there was more work to be done.
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Bishop of Kensington Graham Tomlin said: "Today we remember, with sorrow, with grief, with tears, and we pledge that those we have lost will not be forgotten."
On December 13, following a defeat of the government on Brexit legislation, Farage tweeted: "My contempt for career politicians knows no bounds."
Kensington Palace confirmed on December 13 that Markle will attend Christmas celebrations at the royal retreat in Sandringham, with a small gathering of around 25 guests.
Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, has tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, on which MPs will vote on December 13.
The sci-fi series, the new trilogy of which is shot at Pinewood, is a really big deal for the British film industry, which in turn is a big deal for Britain.
Less than 1 percent of the domestic waste in the blockages was identified as made up of products which are designed to be flushed.
On Sunday, Davis told the BBC that a preliminary agreement reached in negotiations with Brussels on the future of the Irish border was "a statement of intent"
In a visit to the HM naval base, Portsmouth, the Queen boarded the ship and walked its hangar deck in front of a 3,700-strong crowd.
Once international brewers might turn to bucolic words like "Shire" when naming English-style beers, but there's now a new term fast gaining prominence: "Brexit."
Sayeeda Warsi, a former Tory chair and a halal-observing Muslim, has said Theresa May is as poorly suited to being prime minister as Warsi would be to working in a "pig abattoir."