“2020 Has Been Rough, So I Illustrated 101 Of The Best Good News To Give Hope For The Future”

With everything that’s happened in 2020—the Covid-19 pandemic, the natural disasters, all the loss and fear—it’s easy to lose hope. But don’t despair! We’re so busy focusing on just the negative news that we’re ignoring the wholesome, heartwarming, and inspiring things happening around us each and every day.

Mauro Gatti, the founder of The Happy Broadcast, illustrates anxiety-free news from around the world and he’s bringing us the best things that happened in 2020 that will lift your spirits and make you believe in humankind again.

“This has been a rough year for the whole world but I’ve never seen so many great stories of human kindness like I’ve seen in 2020,” Mauro told Bored Panda. Read on for our full exclusive and in-depth interview with the Los Angeles-based artist about positive news, his hopes for 2021, and what he did to stay happy this year. Remember to upvote your fave optimistic stories as you scroll down, dear Pandas!

We’re huge fans of Mauro and his art style and we hope you are, too. Make sure to follow The Happy Broadcast on Instagram and elsewhere for all of the latest updates. And, when you’re done enjoying the positive news of 2020 in this list, check out Mauro’s other positive posts on Bored Panda right herehereand here. They’re a dose of happiness that will leave you smiling all the way into 2021!

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Just another user…4 hours ago

Protecting our feathered friends!3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

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Margaret Sinclair4 hours ago

Japan have been doing this for decades. Forest bathing. Lots of amazing science behind it.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

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Ivo H3 hours ago

This is great idea. The only concern could be the cleaning of these public places. We have one fruit tree near my apartment and no one is picking the fruit nor cleaning the rotting leftovers under the tree. Over the summer, every day we have at least 3 wasps at home, despite living in 6th floor. And that’s only one single tree. So let’s hope someone will think about this 🙂5ReplyView more comments

“Despite all the challenges, it looks like humanity understood how deeply we depend on each other and how much our mental health is central to everyone’s recovery and well-being,” Mauro told us. “Sharing good news is a joyful experience for all and also an important part of daily conversations.”

Despite the fact that the news can be depressing to read and watch, Mauro still believes it has a very important function—reporting important problems and issues. When they get the spotlight shone on them, we can all come together and prevent these problems from happening again.

“But there is also so much good in this world that just needs to be found and promoted. Never forget that the reason why we have positive news to share is that some amazing and brave individuals did something to solve an issue that worries us all. So, one at a time, we can all make a positive impact. It’s our time to BE the positive news,” Mauro said. #4 

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Fly on the Wall4 hours ago

Actually, within a week of this announcement came another of an a polio outbreak in the Sudan caused by… the vaccine. Probably why the word ‘wild’ is included. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/02/vaccine-derived-polio-spreads-in-africa-after-defeat-of-wild-virus2ReplyView more comments#5 

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Just another user…4 hours ago

Combating toxic masculinity is such an important cause!4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

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das ist gute!2Reply

The illustrator revealed that the things that helped him get through the global pandemic and maintain his sanity were working on The Happy Broadcast, interacting with his community every single day, and… baking bread and pizza. Now, I couldn’t just ignore Mauro mentioning pizza. I just had to find out all about it. After all, there’s nothing like a tasty homemade treat (and some sleep) to make the world seem brighter.

“One of my favorite pizzas, besides the classic Italian Margherita, is pizza Bianca (which means no cheese and no sauce) topped, after being baked, with a cold mix of vegan feta, arugula, olive oil, salt, and fresh thyme. It’s very fresh and different from the usual pizza we eat at a restaurant, but I’m a creative person, so cooking is another avenue to express that,” Mauro said and now I’m itching to try baking something similar at home.#7 

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Just another user…4 hours ago

It’s always struck me as weird when things like condoms are free in some countries, but period items aren’t- you can’t halt a period!!8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

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Wendy38 minutes ago

Very good news!0Reply#9 

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The illustrator also went into detail about the daily routine that helps him stay on top of things. Every morning, he decides what to focus on and work toward that day. “Having a sense of purpose makes me feel less lost. I also try to not spend too much time on my phone scrolling through hundreds of posts and I turn my phone off before I go to bed.” And when he’s feeling blue, he puts on some songs that make him play the air-guitar and the air-drums, like ‘Gloria’ by ‘The Lumineers.’

Mauro’s illustrations are simple, fresh, and fun. He told us that this kind of art style comes naturally to him. “I’ve always loved doodling… especially things with cute faces because it’s so relaxing, creative, and fun! I like the message more than the style, so I don’t spend a lot of time on an illustration. Most of my time is spent sketching all the ideas that float in my brain,” he said.

The illustrator stressed that his advice to young artists would be to focus on what they like to draw, instead of chasing after what’s trendy.#10 

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lenka4 hours ago

I am really curious about whether this is actually good? Algae is one of the most efficient oxygen converters on the planet. How much algae do they need to harvest to make this shirt? How much oxygen would that algae have generated if it was left to live? Are they manufacturing the algae or harvesting it wild? What damage are they doing in the harvesting process? What is the net oxygen profit, after harvesting, processing and manufacturing the algea into a shirt from its original form? I get that we need to wear clothes and this is a really interesting development but it has the potential to cause more harm than good and I hope people ask these questions before simply accepting that its beneficial.7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

That’s fintastic!3Reply#12 

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)3 hours ago

If you are growing cannabis the last thing you want is bees. Pollination is the enemy of sensimilla. It causes the female plants to go to seed.0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

We’re hoping that the following year will turn out to be very different from 2020. Mauro has similar hopes for 2021.

“My hope is that Covid-19 will not turn into Covid-21. We are now armed with knowledge, understanding, and hard lessons learned from this past year and I’m sure we’ll all come together to make sure 2021 will be less challenging and more focused on taking care of our planet and mental health,” he said.

As for his own plans, the artist told Bored Panda that his biggest personal project is still The Happy Broadcast. “I can’t even describe how much this little beacon of positivity means to me. Reading, illustrating, and sharing the work of the fixers, doers, and problem-solvers of the world showed me that the world is not the frightening place portrayed in the media.” And as someone who spends his days writing about the wholesome things in life, I can fully support Mauro’s message.#13 

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Tiari1 hour ago

Question is: what exactly happens to the plastic? Is it absorbed as nutrient, or do they s**t it out and add microplastic to the surroundings?1Reply#15 

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karla Meixnerová4 hours ago

But I am a little bit afraid, that after everything will go back, people will return back to work and their “normal” life and they will find out, that they don’t have time to take care for their animals…7ReplyView more comments#16 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

Wouldn’t that be amazing if all young people got a new start in life1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

This is amazing1ReplyView more comments#19 

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ProfessionalTimeWaster3 hours ago

Earth has literally become greener than it was 20 yrs ago because of many tree-planting efforts taken by countries like India and China.2ReplyView more comments#20 

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Tiari1 hour ago

This is not completely correct. You still have to buy them for home use, but you will have free ones in schools, authority offices and so on.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

This should be a thing in all the world.1ReplyView more comments#22 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

On the other hand, WHO (yeah, that WHO) has allowed for Chinese (bullshit) medicine like horn powder etch. to count as real medicine! What a croc2Reply#26 

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Jo Bertels6 minutes ago

Go Diego!0Reply#27 

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ProfessionalTimeWaster4 hours ago

Lots of animals “doing it” in the absence of humans.2ReplyView more comments#28 

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Ivo H8 minutes ago

Until now, bees was perfect, except they can sting you… Now you’re telling me, that their stings are good too? Damn it, i wish humans would be so great as bees!0Reply#29 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

I think I prefer to have the government reward people for using bikes or walking instead of public transport and driving-1ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

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Baby Panda1 hour ago

This is now on my bucket list1ReplyView more comments#32 

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J. F.4 hours ago

Wait, that wasn’t illegal in the US till 2020?6ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

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Andrew Gibb2 hours ago

dolphins know when they sound good together- they just click!3ReplyView more comments#34 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

This is great ! Let’s get the corals back1ReplyView more comments#35 

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Baby Panda1 hour ago

Welp… i guess i’m going to oregon1Reply#40 

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Amanda Duran42 minutes ago

Orcas are black and white not blue0Reply#41 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

Well we now know what it takes to have a successful sex life! Privacy thank you!2Reply#42 

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Truth Monster1 hour ago

Essential workers are not immune magically to the virus. Also, Santa is in 2 or 3 of the statistically vulnerable. Santa is old and Santa is obese. Santa might also have a pre-existing condition bc he eats so much sugar.-1Reply#43 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

Thank goodness they saved some dogs and not those pesky pigs, chickens, sheep and cows!-3Reply#44 

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littlesaresare2 hours ago

To be clear, the City of Sydney is an area of inner Sydney. It doesn’t mean the whole city.3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

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Celine Nguyen30 minutes ago

THIS IS SO WHOLESOME0Reply#46 

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MauKini3 hours ago

That fact is awesome, but can we talk about how cute this picture is?3ReplyView more comments#48 

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ProfessionalTimeWaster4 hours ago

According to a study on longevity, the biggest predictor is how many people you can truly count as in your support system and the second was how many random people you have a small talk with. Diseases had lesser -ve role to play than the +ve effects of connecting with other people.2Reply#51 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

Lucky cows! Getting a little joy before having their babies ripped away from them, and then being slaughtered in a bloody, stinking room. Such wonderful joy!1Reply#52 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

Good! I hope they rip the throats of the poachers right out!-1Reply#53 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

I wanna be payed to walk around my garden !!0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#56 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

Hope it’s true1ReplyView more comments#57 

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OpalTheRainwing <32 hours ago

Yay!!!2ReplyView more comments#59 

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LottieH3 hours ago

Finally doing something useful with all that money 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

Something should be done to keep them alive and multiply1Reply#61 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

More of this please!1Reply#62 

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ProfessionalTimeWaster3 hours ago

You don’t have to give up, just reduce consumption.2ReplyView more comments#63 

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Tor Rolf Strøm1 hour ago

This comment has been deleted.-1Reply#67 

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The Differently Wired Girl29 minutes ago

YES! Go France!0Reply#69 

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The Differently Wired Girl28 minutes ago

My dogs definitely do that!0Reply#74 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

This actually goes against what I thought! I thought because of the stress and anxiety so many are facing they would hold on desperately to that cigarette for comfort. A pacifier for adults. Well – great job!!1ReplyView more comments#75 

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Sandra Westh1 hour ago

Doesn’t this just add to a toxic race of who is the best? Don’t get me wrong it’s good to have a goal but usually it doesn’t help smearing it in the face of others. Maybe it can be a financial benefit to the better recyclers of some kind instead of lOoK aT HoW gReAT I aM ! StUpiD NeiGhBors cAn’T Do nOtHiNg RiGhT LikE mEeeEe. Like a tax relief or a bonus or a price of some sort but discreetly given to those who deserve0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#79 

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OpalTheRainwing <32 hours ago

I have one!1Reply#81 

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Andrew Gibb2 hours ago

shame that they still use plastic…0Reply#95 

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MauKini2 hours ago

Whereas this is better then having real dolphins perform, peolpe should be educated that animals are not here for the entertainment of humans. Same with fake fur: fur should never be seen as a fashion accessoire.2Reply#97 

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Follow Bored Panda on Google News!45 FollowJonas GrinevičiusWriter, BoredPanda staff

Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »

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