Finding uplifting news stories in a year marked by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the perilous evacuations of U.S. citizens and troops from Afghanistan, devastating mass shootings and an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol may prove difficult.
But alongside the challenges the country faced in 2021 were tales of perseverance, bravery and the will to survive. Scientific breakthroughs were made, endangered species endured and everyday people became superheroes.
The multitude of stories that inspired us to keep going through trying times are too many to count. Here are 12 of the best to end the year on a high note.