Despite all the bad news surrounding the coronavirus, there are still some encouraging things going on around the world to be grateful for. 

It’s only April, yet it feels like 2020 has been on a never-ending loop of negativity for centuries. Let’s face it — with a lot of sad realities going on, it seems like everything this year has gone completely terrible. 

Although it may be difficult, it’s important to not lose hope for 2020. As we continue moving forward, it’s essential to understand that, while we should not ignore what is going on, we shouldn’t give up either. 

Here’s a list of some pretty awesome things that have occurred around the world this year: 

The world’s heroes 

First thing’s first: let’s talk about some of the most amazing people in the world today. There have been thousands of healthcare professionals and first responders who have put themselves on the line to save others during this pandemic. Many of these heroes have had to stay away from their families for long periods of time to protect their loved ones from exposure to the Coronavirus.

Not only have medics been saving the day, but people from your very own neighborhood, too. From ordinary to hero, many have been doing what they can to help each other through this challenging time. Whether it’s helping at-risk neighbors with groceries or supporting others who no longer have a financial income, there have been cases all over the world that have shown the love, passion and unity that humans have for one another. 

Street kids eat free at Footpath Medical Dispensary 

In Kolkata, India, when children get sick, many impoverished families don’t take them to a hospital because they will lose a full day of wages, as they are unable to make ends meet. To combat this, a 41-year-old Engineering Professor Chandra Sehar has founded Food, Education and Economic Development (FEED) to distribute food to those in need. 

Chandra Sehar has become determined to treat kids who come from impoverished homes and hopes to expand this initiative to treat kids all over India, leaving a positive impact on the country he calls home.

Bullied book-lover gets 100,000 followers on his book review account

13-year-old Callum Manning was dealing with cyberbullies from haters who harassed him about his love for reading and reviewing books. Manning first started his Instagram page, Cal’s Book Account, to share some of his favorite reads to close family and friends. When peers at his new school started to learn about his page, they had left very insulting messages in a group chat he was a part of. 

His upset older sister took to Twitter to rant about the incident, leading to an overwhelming pool of support from thousands of strangers. A few days later, Callum’s Instagram account had over 50,000 followers. He continues to do what he loves as well as prove to others that bullying should never be tolerated. 

Air pollution decreases due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, cities have been forced to shut-down in efforts to stop the spread of the virus. For the last 30 years, the tops of the Himalayan mountains have been hidden behind smog from the high population and traffic emissions of the city. 

Now that everyone is forced to be inside, air pollution rates have been lower than ever, and the beautiful tops of the Himalayan mountains can be photographed from as far as 125 miles away. Twitter and Instagram users who have experienced the view have shared a strong sense of appreciation to such things that may often be overlooked. 

Jane Goodall’s latest documentary set to premiere on Earth Day

National Geographic has officially released the trailer for Jane Goodall’s two-hour documentary, “The Hope,” during the first week of April. 

“In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to inspire hope through action around the world and for generations to come,” says the Good News Network.  

The trailer showcased a glimpse into the phenomenal story of Goodall’s 60 years of activism and hard work to promote the message of a strong hope for saving and caring for the earth. For those of you who care about the wellness of the earth, this is the perfect and uplifting documentary to watch during our time in quarantine. 

This year has been made up of a lot of unfortunate events, but it’s important to keep moving forward and remembering all the little blessings we take for granted every day.