Good news prevails: 100 positive things that happened in 2020 (so far)

Las buenas noticias prevalecen: 100 cosas positivas que sucedieron en 2020 (hasta ahora)


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By Amy Haneline from USA TODAY

We are only halfway through 2020 and it’s the worst — beloved celebrities have died, we are in the grips of a worldwide pandemic and we are living in a country upended by a fight for racial equality.

It really does not feel like a moment to see the glass as half full or make lemonade out of lemons.

But, we are going to try.

This is not meant to minimize the harsh reality of an incredibly difficult year. Many have lost loved ones. Many are struggling. Many feel sad, scared, frustrated and broken.

“It’s OK to not be OK right now and to just do your best to get through this truly unprecedented time,” C. Vaile Wright, director of clinical research and quality at the American Psychological Association, told USA TODAY earlier this year.

But while this year seems especially hard, there are silver linings. Out of coronavirus comes creativity. Out of quarantine comes bonus time with family. Out of activism comes changes for the better.

One thing we can try to do is to see the good. Maybe this list will help. From small acts of kindness to new albums that got us dancing, here are 100 good things that happened in 2020 so far, compiled by USA TODAY’s Life staff, in no particular order. 

A 103-year-old grandma beat COVID-19 and celebrated with a Bud Light.

Jennie Stejna is treated to a cold Bud Light to celebrate her recovery from coronavirus.

Drive-in movie theaters made a comeback.

Drive-in concerts are a thing now (which is great news for those missing live music, or those who don’t like crowds anyway).

We got to watch football greats Tom Brady and Peyton Manning play golf with golf greats Phil Mickleson and Tiger Woods in “The Match” for COVID-19 relief.

Tom Brady ripped his pants. (Sorry, Tom, but we really needed the laugh.)


Drive-in concerts are a thing now
 (which is great news for those missing live music, or those who don’t like crowds anyway).

We got to watch football greats Tom Brady and Peyton Manning play golf with golf greats Phil Mickleson and Tiger Woods in “The Match” for COVID-19 relief.

Tom Brady ripped his pants. (Sorry, Tom, but we really needed the laugh.)

Tom Brady plays a shot on No. 1.

Restaurants shared their secret recipes so we could make them at home.

John Krasinski made good news go viral with “Some Good News.”

A family perfectly re-created Journey’s “Separate Ways” music video and it’s incredible.

Restaurants got awesomely creative to enforce social distancing including pool noodle hats, bumper boats and dapper mannequin guests.

A squirrel mastered a Ninja Warrior obstacle course, proving that squirrels are more amazing than we thought.

Two lovable Labradors, Olive and Mabel, gave a sports-less world some adorable “athletic” competition in videos narrated by British broadcaster Andrew Cotter. They got a book deal! (Continue reading on the author’s site here or read the full Spanish translation by Plural here.)

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