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 here, here, and here. They’re a dose of happiness that will leave you smiling all the way into 2021!

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Dana
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6 months ago

That is really cool, first I thought $170 was not that much, but it was in 1847, and with inflation that would be over $5,000 today!

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6 months ago

Protecting our feathered friends!

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6 months ago

It should be all courtrooms. Reliving that experience is traumatizing and what's better than having a furry friend by your side?

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“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. 

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

das ist gute!

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6 months 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!!

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Sandra Westh
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6 months ago

Well.. that's good news but how are they going to control and enforce this law?

Zophra
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6 months ago

I agree - plenty of other countries also outlaw these practices also and it doesn't seem to make a difference.

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miten sasmita
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6 months ago

Yes! Young girls needs books not babies!

Ivo H
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6 months ago

This is another one of those things when the only thing I can think of is 'how could it keep happening until now?'

Olivier Caissy
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6 months ago

Traditions, unfortunately.

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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6 months ago

Yay!!!

tangy chip
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6 months ago

awful that that happened in the first place.

Jim Ellington
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6 months ago

Yet male genital mutilation continues with barely any complaints in many, many countries.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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6 months ago

This is wonderful news, but I cannot believe how long it took.

Mimi M
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6 months ago

This would be great. So far this is my top one of all the good news on this post.

Lisa Chambers
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6 months ago

Praise God. Female genital mutilation is absolutely heinous and needs to completely stop.

Mary Darlington
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6 months ago

Wonderful news, changing long held beliefs and practices takes time.

Ericka Hokkanen
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3 months ago

AMEN!!

Elaine Mattingly
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5 months ago (edited)

Thank goodness, now stop circumcizing boy babies, a painfull and unessary surgury done without pain killers in American hospitals every day. Just another culture thing everybody is ignoring? Why? Oh well, it's just what people do? WHY? Think about it and stop the blind following.

Robret Deniro
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6 months ago

They should ban islam itself, it's the root of the problem.

Robret Deniro
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They should ban islam already.

qwerty
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6 months ago

FGM isn't Islamic, you moron.

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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.

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Ivo H
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6 months ago

They did amazing work indeed! Now it's time for the rest of the human race to ensure this will not be needed again.

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Lula!!!!
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6 months ago

Oh wow, I really really love that

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Celine Nguyen
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6 months ago

THIS IS SO WHOLESOME❤️❤️❤️

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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.

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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6 months ago

Lots of animals "doing it" in the absence of humans.

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TheDemonUnderYourBed
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6 months ago

Hey! Phytoplankton don't get the credit they deserve! Phytoplankton actually produce a majority of the oxygen we breathe.

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Wendy
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6 months ago

Very good news!

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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.

If you want to support Mauro and The Happy Broadcast, consider following him on Instagram and checking out his book as well!

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Fly on the Wall
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6 months 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-virus

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Margaret Sinclair
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6 months ago

Japan have been doing this for decades. Forest bathing. Lots of amazing science behind it.

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Doggo
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6 months ago

awww baby orca

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The Differently Wired Girl
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6 months ago

YES! Go France!

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J. F.
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6 months ago

Wait, that wasn't illegal in the US till 2020?

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Dana
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6 months ago

That is awesome! Go NASA!

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6 months ago

Combating toxic masculinity is such an important cause!

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Dana
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6 months ago

Let's get this everywhere!

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Ivo H
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6 months 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 :)

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Dana
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6 months ago

This is sad but good at the same time, it is sad that it took this long, but better late than never I guess

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Sandra Westh
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6 months ago

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

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Tiari
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6 months 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.

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Lula!!!!
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6 months ago

New Zealand is killing it!

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6 months ago

The Bachelor: In the Wild

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Wolfstar
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6 months ago

That's amazing! Just imagine some person is doing illegal stuff and then they hear a buzzing noise, so they look up and see a drone. The panic on their face...lol

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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6 months 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.

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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6 months ago

That's fintastic!

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Tiari
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6 months 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?

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Sandra Westh
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6 months ago

More of this please!

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K.
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6 months ago

Toni Doherty stripped her shirt off to rescue a koala. I’m surprised her chest could hold such a great, big heart. I just take off my shirt because there are cheeto stains. In all seriousness, all the people who fought the fires, helped the wildlife, help evacuate those who can’t on their own... I just wish good things for you.

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Aiyana Menrige
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6 months ago

It's adorable but why is the pacifier in his trunk? Lol

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ProfessionalTimeWaster
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6 months 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.

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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6 months 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 croc

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karla Meixnerová
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6 months 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...

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Vicious Insect
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6 months ago (edited)

Did they eat cats and dogs?! 🥺 Edit: yes yes, of course eating cats and dogs is as bad as eating cows and such. It just feels different to imagine that you are eating a cute kitten or puppy instead of a chick. Not like chicks, calves and piglets weren't cute, but eating a cat or dog would make (at least) me feel like a total brutal

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

dolphins know when they sound good together- they just click!

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Dana
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6 months ago

I think he would have preferred cuddles, pets, and food! Awesome job ya little rat!

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lenka
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6 months 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.

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