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As 11:59 PM gave way to a new tomorrow, all across the world celebrated a new year, we opened 2020 with optimism.

Few could have predicted the enormous challenges society would face in 2020. It’s incredibly easy to fixate on the difficulties of the year. 

The novice COVID-19 pandemic has affected 26.6 million people and taken the lives of 875,000 thousand. Life as we knew it changed. The world quarantined, socially distanced, introduced face masks, and across generations, we zoomed. 

The United States has seen the death of George Floyd spark nationwide protests. Riots, violence, and civil unrest have plagued major cities across the country disrupting the otherwise peaceful protesting. 

It has been a challenging year. 

However, within the challenges, there have been some awesome stories! Here are five happenings that will bring a smile to your face.

1. In January 2020, A Bradenton, FL-based microbrewery, Motorworks Brewing, put up pups that are up for adoption on its beer cans. As a company that prides itself on being pet-friendly and community-minded, Motorworks incorporates animals into its programming and products wherever it can. 

Motorworks Brewing

2. Coach Andy Reid finally wins the big one! And if that wasn’t smile provoking enough… Defensive Linemen Derrick Nnadi helped a bunch of dogs find homes. To celebrate his team’s 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Nnadi said he would pay the adoption fees for every single adoptable dog in KC Pet Project locations on Sunday.

3. A 99-year-old WWII Veteran and his daughter have raised over $34 million to support health care workers and staff at the UK’s’s National Health Service. Captain Tom Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore wanted him to keep active while in lockdown after he broke his hip more than a year ago, NBC reports. So she promised him one pound, or approximately $1, for every lap that he did around his garden by his 100th birthday on April 30. Armed with a walker and determined to complete 100 laps, Moore began his challenge to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which collects funds for UK hospitals as well as health care staff and volunteers. The father and daughter also started a JustGiving page on April 8 in honor of his challenge and aimed to raise £1,000 by the end of the month. On April 16, Moore completed his challenge well before his birthday, surrounded by a guard of honor from the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and cheered on by a crowd of health care workers. As of April 22, Moore’s page has raised £28,093,888 which is approximately $34,622,767.

4. Balloon Artist Cheers Up Neighbors!

5. And a teen connects with elders through Karate!

We hope these stories brought smile to your face!

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