2021
TOPSHOT - Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Mandatory Hall of Fame 2021: The Best Moments of the Year

Admit it: 2021 was somehow, inexplicably, worse than 2020. Perhaps that was because we were all supposed to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and proceed with “regular” life again despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

And yet, even in a year shrouded in darkness and despair, a little bit of light still crept in. There were still good things happening in the world, even if it didn’t seem like it most of the time. How do we know? Because we wrote about them.

Most of these positive, warm-fuzzy stories had to do with animals (because, let’s be honest, humans are often the worst). But there were a few good samaritans in the mix, too. We’ve rounded up the best moments of 2021 as a reminder that this year wasn’t as bad as perhaps we’re tempted to think it was.

Review these heart-warming anecdotes and hope that 2022 brings even more of them.

Cover Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Contributor (Getty Images)

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