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    Updated on Oct 19, 2020. Posted on Oct 14, 2020

    Just 21 Really Good Things That Happened To People During Quarantine

    Time to read some good news.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us an unexpected bright spot that happened to them this year, despite 2020 being relatively awful. Here's all the good news that might make your day a little better:

    1. "My husband has been cancer-free for three months now."

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    "My husband spent the better half of this year battling cancer. 2020 may be a dumpster fire, but he's been cancer-free for three months now and nothing can rain on my parade. (However, it can put out the dumpster fire)."

    aimeetopaz

    2. "My brother and I became closer."

    "I got closer to my brother. I’ve never felt better with him. We used to fight all the time, but now he’s really my best friend. Quarantine did me great."

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    3. "I've been able to foster four dogs."

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    "I've been able to foster four wonderful dogs. Being in grad school, it's rare for me to be home for more than a few hours each day, so I took this opportunity to help out some dogs who need it. It has NOT been easy. Almost all the dogs have had some sort of behavioral issue that they've had to work through, but seeing how happy the dogs and humans are on adoption day made all the work 100% worth it."

    rgustafson9231

    4. "I started working for an incredible nonprofit serving the homeless."

    "I was planning on starting grad school to study public health, but the pandemic combined with the protests made me want to spend this time working in the field. I got a job working for an incredible nonprofit serving the homeless and it's been a life-changing experience."

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    5. "I used to dread gym class, but I found a love for running and completed my first half marathon."

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    "I was the girl in school who DREADED gym class. I had been dabbling in running in the latter half of 2019 and began to enjoy it as time went on. And it was motivating to have something to look forward to even if the event was virtual. Now, I can run six miles and LOVE IT! It's become such a way to create inner peace, work through worries, and be grateful for the body I have!"

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    6. "I've had the chance to spend quality time with my daughter before she goes to college."

    "My beautiful daughter and I have gone for walks almost every day, sometimes as many as three walks per day. She will be off to college next year, so I'm treasuring each and every day that we are together."

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    7. "I started reading books for fun again."

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    "I got back into reading! I always loved reading before college and all the required reading I had to do for my bachelor's and doctorate took me away from it. But since quarantine, I have been able to read about 10 books (and counting) and love it!"

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    8. "I have extra time to spend with my senior dog."

    "I have a 17-year-old dog who I know is on limited time due to her age. I was able to work from home for five months, and I am so grateful for the extra time I've had with her during her senior years."

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    9. "My ex and I used to co-parent, but quarantine brought us back together."

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    "My ex-boyfriend and I decided to quarantine together so our young daughter wouldn't have to shuffle between two households (he and I remained best friends and active co-parents after our breakup, so it seemed like a good option for us.) Well, our time in quarantine reminded us what a great family we make and rekindled our love. Now we're back together and living in one household permanently. Quarantine literally brought our family back together."

    theformermrsbutterworth

    10. "I left a job that was making me unhappy."

    "I got out of a job that was making me really unhappy and spent every day for five months with my fiancé. We never used to get the same days off, so it was so nice to spend quality time with each other. I now have a job where I'm happy with much better hours so I can still spend days with my love."

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    11. "I had time to plan my wedding."

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    "I got engaged right when quarantine started (mid/late March) and while home together for three months, my fiancé and I were able to plan 85% of our wedding."

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    12. "My commuting fees were so big that now I'm actually able to save money."

    "Working from home has saved me so much money! My commute to work is an hour each way, so it cost me £50 a week to fuel up. By end of month, I’d be panicking about only having £10 left! Since May, I’ve finally been able to put decent money into my savings account."

    pengispoon81

    13. "I was able to spend more time with my mom the last few months of her life."

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    "I was able to spend more time with my mom the last few months of her life. She had stage 4 uterine cancer for three years and she was a fighter all the way — until it just got to be too much for her body to handle. I was furloughed from my job at the beginning of April and she passed away at the end of May. Without worrying about work, I was able to put all of my focus on to her and creating some last moment memories. While there's never enough time with a dying parent, I'm still grateful for that last little bit I got because I couldn't work. I miss her every second of every day."

    turkeyinacan

    14. "I recovered from an eating disorder."

    "I recovered from an eating disorder, something I never would’ve done without the surveillance and support of family during quarantine. I’m so grateful and so proud of myself for getting my life back."

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    15. "I learned to be truly confident in myself with minimal makeup."

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    "I learned to be truly confident with minimal makeup. All through high school, I wore a lot of makeup in an attempt to cover up insecurities, then I would worry about how it looked all day long. Now, I don’t wear any concealer or foundation and I rarely wear eyeshadow. Having nowhere to go really gave me the time to relax and become comfortable with my face without heavy makeup, and I feel more confident than ever, even when I have a breakout."

    strangerthanitseems

    16. "I started my own business."

    "I took the plunge and started my own business! I sell embroidery kit subscription boxes. A few months after I started it, I lost my day job because of the virus, so now my embroidery literally pays the bills. I wake up every morning so thankful that I was able to get to this point. I know me as a little girl would be SO proud of me now, making money from art."

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    17. "I’ve come out to several friends and family members."

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    "I had been questioning my sexuality for years, but the pandemic forced me to spend time alone with my thoughts. I’ve now come out to several friends and family members, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise!"

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    18. "I've 'met' so many lovely artists from all over the world on Zoom."

    "I love painting and art, and since lockdown there have been no classes/life drawing except on Zoom. I've 'met' so many lovely artists from all over the world that I wouldn't have the chance to otherwise, and it's been amazing. I've made so many new artist friends. It'll always be the bright spot of 2020."

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    19. "I’m finally at the point where I’m not just saying I’m happy with my body in the mirror, but I’m actually believing it."

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    "I finally had time to work on loving my body. Over the last year, I have lost a lot of weight. In the beginning, it was 100% about being skinny. Now, I’m very happy with how I look despite having a little tummy. It’s super cute and I am healthy — which should always be the primary goal. I’m finally at the point where I’m not just saying I’m happy with my body in the mirror, but I’m actually believing it."

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    20. "I was laid off, but found a new job that's better."

    "I was laid off from my job, but then found a job that ended up being better. It's closer to my home, pays better, and has more benefits. It's also a better use of my skills. It turned out losing my job was a blessing!"

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    21. "I watched my daughter take her first steps."

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    "I watched my daughter take her first steps! I would have missed it if I was at work."

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