25 Good Things That Happened in 2020

Being thankful in an unforgiving year. 2020: On my last nerve.

Jyssica Schwartz


Photo by Dylan Leagh on Unsplash

The word “thankful” is defined as “pleased and relieved” or “expressing gratitude and relief.”

I, for one, am pleased and relieved this dumpster fire of a year (and administration) is almost over.

But despite the difficulties and tragedies of 2020 (RIP RBG), there have been so many beautiful moments, too.

While there has been so very much to be sad, upset, angry about, and horrified by, this year has also shown overwhelming kindness, sacrifice, and love.

John Krasinski created the short-lived Some Good News show with this in mind — to highlight all the good stuff and help people take their minds off all the crap this year has wrought. [If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out!]

Too bad he sold it to a major network and stopped producing it — but hey, maybe that just means there will be a lot more of it in the future.

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, and as C. Vaile Wright, director of clinical research and quality at the American Psychological Association, told USA TODAY, “It’s OK to not be OK right now and to just do your best to get through this truly unprecedented time.”

So, while last week was Thanksgiving in the U.S. and with 2021 around the corner, I thought it would be fun and relieving to look at some of the great things that happened this year.

Let’s get to the Good Stuff

The world’s scientists have come together to take on the challenge of a COVID vaccine. The record for a vaccine prior to 2020 was when the mumps vaccine became available in 1967 after 4 years of research and testing (though the mumps virus was isolated in 1945). One year after the discovery of COVID-19, Pfizer/BioNTech SE and Moderna both have developed vaccines with over a 90% success rate. Moderna’s is over 94% effective and applied on November 30, 2020 for emergency use approval in the US.

Pet adoptions went way up this year and there were multiple rescue shelters that were completely empty for the first time.



Jyssica Schwartz

Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com