Laura Petrolino

21 Good News Stories to Inspire and Motivate Your 2020

By: Laura Petrolino | December 30, 2019 | 
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good news stories2019.

You’ve been quite a year. 

Is it just me, or do you all feel like 2019 came in and was like, “I’m going to blow some things up in this club?”

As if it was so seriously offended “Party Like It’s 2019” never became a song, it wrote it’s own lyrics. 

Let this be a lesson to us all to NEVER, under any circumstances, let a year write it’s own lyrics.

Leave that to the professionals.

Who’s up to write the 2020 song? Anyone?

Let’s get on this right now. 

But back to 2019…

While it might have been a challenging year on many fronts, it also was a great year.

And I don’t want to head into the new decade until we give 2019 the credit it deserves. 

Last year, I kicked off the year with good news stories of 2018 and I loved it so much I’m making it a tradition.

So let’s get all hopped up on happy and party like it’s 2020…’cause it almost is! WOOO!

Good News Stories for Diversity

One would think by the headlines that 2019 was a cruddy year when it came to advancing our communities’ diversity, inclusion, and overall love and acceptance of each other. 

But that’s not necessarily the case.

A lot of really positive things have happened to move diversity issues further:

There is a lot of work to do here, but don’t let people convince you it’s hopeless.

It’s not.

It’s just up to you and me to keep moving things forward. 

Good News Stories About Animals

We need to step up for animals in 2020.

This year the U.N. reported as many as a million species are threatened with extinction because of humans.

But the good news is WE also have the power to help them.

And there are many humans who did work really hard for the good of animals in 2019 and it’s paying off:

Good News Stories to Remind You People Are Basically Good

If this year has done anything, it’s reminded me people will show up for you when you need them.

And they sometimes show up in the most unexpected places. 

Sure, there are a lot of jerks in the world, but they are not the majority.

They just get the most attention.

So in 2020 can we try to stop letting these folks have so much attention, brain share, or power in our lives? They don’t deserve it. 

But these people do:

I’ve had a lot of people just like this show-up for me this year.

I’ll forever be grateful. 

Need More Good News Stories? 

Of course, you do!

Here are some go-tos for the good news stories you need:

And remember, good news stories are ALL around you.

You just have to look for them.

I guarantee if you start your day on the lookout for good people doing good things (for you and for others), you’ll see them everywhere.

Not to mention the fact you can create your own good news.

That’s the fun part of being human, we always have the choice.

(Need help with this? Check out my post on optimism and our first day of Christmas gift to you: mindset work.)

Your Turn!

And now I turn the floor over to you.

What are your favorite good news stories of 2019?

How do you plan on making good news a bigger part of your life in 2020?

About Laura Petrolino


Laura Petrolino is chief marketing officer for Spin Sucks, an integrated marketing communications firm that provides strategic counsel and professional development for in-house and agency communications teams. She is a weekly contributor for their award-winning blog of the same name. Spin Sucks. Join the Spin Sucks   community.