20 Good Things That Happened in 2020

 I know what you're thinking: '20 Good Things That Happened in 2020' sounds like an unlikely choice of title  - after all, this year hasn't exactly been synonymous with positivity. In fact, there has arguably not been any other year in history so notorious for producing disastrous event after disastrous event (doesn't it feel like a lifetime ago that the Australian wildfires shocked the world into a frenzy of climate anxiety?). But, that's not we're here to talk about today. Just as much as this year has seen the world and its people divided, it has also witnessed many events of unity and positivity.

So, before we wave a final goodbye to this year, let's take a moment to remind ourselves of 20 wonderful things that happened in 2020.

1. BLM Protests.

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2. Goodbye Trump, Hello Biden.

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

3. Appreciation of the NHS (and other key workers).

Photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth

4. Kamala Harris as the first female, first Black and first South Asian US Vice president.

Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

A Moment for nature recovery.

Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

6. Carbon dioxide emissions declined (partly due to lockdown, partly due to the cost of renewable energy sources declining quicker than experts predicted).

Photograph: David C Tomlinson/Getty Images

7. The U.S to join the Paris Climate agreement (marking an end to Trump's damaging climate change denial).

Photograph: David C Tomlinson/Getty Images

8. A newfound appreciation for nature and desire for a sustainable future (thanks to lockdown walks and - obviously - Sir David Attenborough's emotional and thought-provoking 'A life on our planet').

10. The approval of the Coronavirus Vaccine. And hope for the future.

 Illustration: James Melaugh/The Observer

11. More Free time to practice self-care.

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12. And Time for self-reflection (what has this year taught me? which lessons should I take with me into 2021? What made me happiest this year?) 

Source: healthline.com

13. A surge in at-home Fitness.

14. Connecting with loved ones (and learning to appreciate the time we have with them).

(Kay Scanlon / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

15. New music releases really brightened up our isolation - Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and many more released albums in 2020.

16. Some 10/10 Entertainment (a particular shoutout to Selling Sunset, Outer Banks and, of course, Tik Tok).

17. Marcus Rashford's Campaign for Free School Meals, encouraging government U-turn.

18. Africa was declared free of wild polio after four years without a reported case.


19. Restaurants shared their secret recipes so that we could have a go at home.


20. Drive-in cinemas made a comeback. 




  1. This was such a lovely read. It's so important to look at the positives and wow, looking at it like this so many great things happened. You have just reminded me about Selling Sunset and I may have to rewatch it, I loved that show haha xx

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  2. I wanted to do a drive in movie all summer but it never happened!

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  3. This is such a lovely post! When people look back at 2020 they are quick to think of the negatives, so it is good to be reminded of the positives!
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  4. What a great post! Happy new year!
    xx- Nina

  5. Yes, there were still positive things happened in 2020! Nice recap!


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