50 Positive Things That Happened in 2020…Despite COVID-19

Taken from USA Today’s Article 8/3/2020 by Amy Haneline

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

2. Drive-in movie theaters made a comeback.

3. Drive-in concerts are a thing now.

4. “Tiger King” somehow connected us.

5. 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.

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

7. John Krasinski made good news go viral with the YouTube series “Some Good News.”

8. Wearing sweatpants and tees became acceptable fashion choices all day, every day.

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

10. People around the country brushed up on their sewing skills, making masks for people who need them most.

11. Lady Gaga gave us a new album for sweaty dance-floor fun – in our living rooms.

12. Dua Lipa single-handedly saved pop music.

13. Then Carly Rae Jepsen did it again with her new album.

14. The Chicks returned after 14 years with “Gaslighter” and reignited our love of twangy empowerment songs.

15. Americans rushed to adopt and foster pets in need amid the pandemic.

16. Sure, we might have gained a little weight, but we rediscovered our love for old hobbies like baking and gardening.

17. We also have time to read again and we’re seizing the moment to educate ourselves: books like Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” have topped USA TODAY’s best-selling books list for weeks.

18. Puzzles and board games became cool again and offered a much-needed break from our screens.

19. TikTok blew up and our boredom was cured.

20. Netflix’s elaborate “Floor Is Lava” competition brought us back to the imaginary game of our childhoods.

21. Distilleries, both small and large, around the country used their resources to produce badly needed hand sanitizer.

22. Major companies such as 3M and Apple pooled resources or shifted production to make millions of masks to help keep people safe.

23. Ford, GM, Tesla and other automakers were able to make ventilators and other medical devices to help with the pandemic.

24. Crayola launched a box of crayons with diverse skin colors for children to “accurately color themselves into the world.”

25. Amazon introduced fun new boxes that can be turned into a cat fort or robot costume.

26. We learned that homeschooling is hard and finally recognized teachers for the heroes that they are.

27. Health care workers and essential workers. Also heroes.

28. NASA named its Washington, D.C. headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, its first Black female engineer.

29. Birdwatching? Yes, please.

30. Bike trails became one of the few places in the country that were open.

31. We came up with creative ways to celebrate big milestones like drive-by birthdays and Zoom parties.

32. For the first time ever, the Academy Award for best picture went to an international feature film: “Parasite.”

33. Brad Pitt charmed us with jokes during awards season. He also won his first Oscar and made a hunky Anthony Fauci on “Saturday Night Live.”

34. Billie Eilish swept the Grammys and announced a new single.

35. Alicia Keys as Grammys host gave us a much-needed moment of comfort following the death of Kobe Bryant.

36. Love is still blossoming amid quarantine thanks to drones, digital dinners and an inflatable plastic bubble.

37. After casting 40 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ABC finally cast its first Black male lead, Matt James.

38. Celebrities surprised graduates at virtual commencement ceremonies.

39. Beyoncé dropped some fierce surprises, like her Juneteenth track “Black Parade” and for her visual album, “Black Is King.“

40. Taylor Swift dropped a surprise of her own — her eighth and possibly best ever studio album.

41. Ashley Graham, Jenna Dewan, Anderson Cooper and more stars welcomed the most adorable babies.

42. Smaller movies and hidden gems are suddenly at our fingertips (streaming!).

43. Three words: “Hamilton” the movie. It lives up to the hype.

44. We realized how much we love and need sports and its ability to unite us.

45. With toilet paper out of stock, bidets are booming which is good news for our behinds…and less wasteful.

46. Musicians took to social media to give us personal concerts from home.

47. Late night talk show hosts continued to bring the funny from their homes, with adorable special guests — their kids.

48. While coronavirus pushed many museums to close, it opened up their collections to audiences virtually.

49. People brought out their Christmas decorations to bring cheer during quarantine.

50. Weddings still happened over Zoom, and it was beautiful.

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