While 2020 proved to be an extremely difficult year with all the unexpected and unforeseen events with record unemployment, climate crises, and social injustices; there were a few good things that happened and in ways restored and upheld our belief in existence and humanity. Here is headline 8\u2019s highlights of the top good things that happened in 2020: World\u2019s 2nd tallest statue\u00a0unveiled in Gujarat: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on January 3 unveiled the second tallest statue of SardarVallabhbhai Patel in the world at Ahmedabad The bronze statue stands at 50 feet with a weight of 70 thousand kilograms. Mission Indradhanush 2.0 begins On January 7, 2020, the second phase of the intensified mission, mission Indradhanush, rolled out at block level in 35 districts of uttar Pradesh. The aim is to achieve 90% vaccination coverage for children below the age of 2. Assam\u2019s Bodo Peace Accord: With an aim to bring permanent peace in Bodo-dominated areas in Assam, the Government of India on January 27 signed the historic Bodo Peace accord with the dreaded insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) and the United Bodo People's Organization (UBPO) providing political and economic benefits without acceding to the demand for a separate state or Union Territory. The peace accord aimed at bringing an end to the Bodo conflict which dates back to the pre-independence era.\u00a0 Budget 2020: Wellness, Water, and Sanitation: On February 1, 2020, the Finance Minister of India presented the Budget for the financial year 2020-21. The GoI gave utmost importance to the health sector. The GoI under the Budget 2020-21 aimed to provide wellness, water and sanitation by allocating funds for various schemes. The central ideas of the Budget were "Aspirational India, Economic development, A Caring Society". IMF places India as the fifth largest economy: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the October World Economic Outlook report depicting India as the 5th largest economy in the world. India managed to leave behind France and the United Kingdom. Justice for Nirbhaya: All four death-row convicts in the 2012\u00a0Nirbhayagangrape\u00a0and murder case were executed at 5.30\u00a0am on March 20, bringing the curtains down on a 7-year-old case that had left the nation in shock. \u2018Heroes\u2019 got a new definition this year: We learned to appreciate the selfless dedication of nurses, orderlies, doctors, and other health workers who risked their lives to save ours \u2014 and the selfless dedication of truck drivers, grocery stockers, farmworkers and so many more who risked their lives to keep the economy from collapsing. They are in true sense heroes of the highest order. Nature healed as humans locked inside: In April 2020, NASA satellite images showed a significant reduction in pollution over a part of the United States. Similar results were seen in other parts of the world as well. In India's capital city, Delhi, a week of lockdown brought down nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentration, primarily the result of burning fossil fuels for transportation and electricity generation, over the city to its lowest level since July 2018. In fact, air pollution started dropping after March 16. The result was cleaner air and better visibility. While the\u00a0improvement in air quality\u00a0came at a high cost with stay home orders, nature had its much-needed break from us and global warming. Animals Reclaiming their territory: Does anyone remember how wild animals roamed the streets of Haridwar? Or when a commuter captured a Nilgai (Asian antelope) outside a Noida mall? Well, there have been several such incidents when\u00a0animals came out of their hiding spots\u00a0and roamed the streets in the absence of any human activity. In this photograph taken on March 26, 2020, stray dogs gather on a deserted road during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kolkata. Pfizer and German biotechnology BioNTech company Comes Up with a vaccine for coronavirus: Pfizer and the German biotechnology company BioNTech developed one of the COVID-19 vaccines that has been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration. Community, the brand name for the vaccine, was approved by the UK on Dec 2 and limited vaccinations started the following week. Meanwhile, European regulators just this week signed off on the Pfizer shot. It\u2019s been a tough year for humanity, but, with the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out, 2021 might look significantly different. File Image: (Agencies) More people than ever had access to electricity: Efforts to improve access to electricity in developing nations are bearing fruit, according to\u00a0a report\u00a0by the International Energy Agency (IEA), published in October. It found that the number of people without electricity dropped from almost 860 million in 2018 to 770 million in 2019, which the IEA claimed was a record low. Electricity projects in India and some African nations have hooked millions up to the grid, with progress needing to be maintained throughout the pandemic and post-pandemic too, experts noted. The dream of \u2018work from home\u2019 is now a reality: For years, employees have had one dream, which is to work from home. The year 2020 really breathed life to this lifelong dream. Some companies like Microsoft, twitter, and Infosys have also given their employees the option of working from home permanently while others like Google, Facebook, and other small businesses have extended the work from home period till late next year. Mental health is now a priority! The conversation around mental health was louder than ever.\u00a0 A number of companies have understood the need for mental health days and have been giving their employees special days off to regroup. There were numerous warnings in the early days of COVID-19 that the world might be staring at a mental health crisis. This drew attention to the predicament of those silently suffering, creating awareness and mindfulness around the topic. Efforts to improve diversity ramped up a gear: Efforts to improve diversity went up a notch in 2020, from the Oscars to the Booker prize, Under the new regulations, which are set to come into effect for the 2024 Oscars, entries for best picture must satisfy two of four criteria in order to be eligible. They include having storylines that focus on one of more underrepresented group, and having actors from underrepresented groups, including women, people from racial or ethnic minority groups, LGBTI or disabled people. Kamala Harris becomes the first female vice president of the United States of America. The presidential election of USA saw a monumental victory of Biden over Trump. But what\u2019s really worth celebrating is that a woman of colour is now vice president and has created history which was long due in these otherwise disturbing times. One World: Together At Home: 'One World: Together At Home' was a concert organized by the Global Citizen movement and the World Health Organization (WHO) in April 2020 when the world was locked down. Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, and The Rolling Stones were among the\u00a0artists who came together\u00a0from their living rooms to send a message to the world. The event raised $128 million that went to the development of the coronavirus vaccine and regional charities. CONCLUSION: So yes, this year felt like three bad ones clubbed together but all hope wasn\u2019t lost. It is also evident that we as a race felt more together than ever and while this may or may not have happened due to the collective feeling of doom, we say we are grateful nevertheless.