20 Good Things That Happened in 2020
In a world just before lockdown, SNL‘s Debbie Downer appeared on March 7 in an oddly prescient role, complaining about coronavirus and, of course, feline AIDS.
That week Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced the first COVID-19 case in New York — and very few foresaw what would completely upend the start to a shiny new decade.
Then again, hindsight is 20/20.
Despite the worst things that happened in 2020 — raging wildfires, devastating explosions, a relentless pandemic — there were still lots of good things that offset the doom-scrolling.
We still celebrated new jobs, found love, had babies, laughed, and crushed our 30-day challenges. Here are some of the good things that happened over this trying year.
1. Frontline Workers Got Hero Salutes
We all recognized doctors, nurses, and medical staff for the important work they do, keeping us safe and healthy.
2. People Learned to Wash Their Hands
Seriously, it was time. In fact, here’s how to put correct hand hygiene into action again just in case anyone forgot.
3. Parents Gained a New Appreciation for Teachers
Educating the next generation is hard work, and parents got to see firsthand that schooling can be grueling.
4. Nature Got a Break — and You Saved a Ton on Gas
5. Families Spent More Time Together
While quarantine was tough, getting to make meals and crafts with the people we love most was a bright spot.
6. Sourdough Starter Became a Second Pandemic
The big lesson? Yeast will eventually rise up and overwhelm us all. Oh, and good food shouldn’t be super-processed.
7. Home Gym Equipment Actually Saw Use
8. Aliens Might Be Real…
9. …But SpaceX Blasted Off Safely for the ISS
So while n00b aliens are foolishly buying high on earth, our off-planet plan is looking promising!
10. Voter Turnout Hit Record Numbers
People became more politically aware, exercising their democratic right to vote. Youth turnout, especially, was significantly higher this year than in 2016.
11. We Got to Watch Tons of Free Online Concerts
It’ll be a lonnng time before we again cram into an arena with thousands of bouncing, sweaty hip-hop or Phish heads, so it’s been nice of some of our favorite artists to stream music straight to our living rooms.
12. We All Got Around to Decluttering
There’s a good chance you finally recycled your old college textbooks or donated old coats.
13. People Started Using Their Kitchens
14. Drones Walked Dogs and Fetched Toilet Paper
Finally, people used these flying machines for activities that weren’t annoying, creepy, or threatening to national security.
15. Drive-In Movies Made a Comeback
We all got to experience the bigger screen the way our parents did in those brief moments between when they were busy trying to conceive us.
16. Neighbors Checked in on Elderly People
Speaking of which, can someone please check on Betty White? We love her.
17. We Developed a Newfound Appreciation for the Outdoors
From camping to workouts to picnic date nights, people found ways to get outside and appreciate nature.
18. Pet Adoptions Soared
People cleared out shelters and cleared space in their hearts and homes for cuddly animals.
19. We Read More
20. Medical Breakthroughs Teased Hope on the Horizon
Global leaders vowed to unite for a cure — could peace on earth be next?