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“My eyes are getting watery because I found hand soap,” my friend Raven Cooper shared in the group chat.

She followed up with a voice memo celebrating the momentous occasion that captured the hope, joy and excitement in her voice.

Pre-coronavirus, watery eyes and happy cries were reserved for promotions, birthday surprises and graduations, but now the simplest things are making us happy. 

Cooper had been on the hunt for soap for the past two weeks as her supply was slowly dwindling down to its last few drops. With the widespread COVID-19 outbreak, commonplace and essential items like hand soap, toilet paper and disinfectant wipes have turned into luxury items. 

Finding them is a cause for celebration, especially when it doesn’t seem like there’s much to celebrate.

For when you’re feeling down or just need a reminder of the little joys in life, we at USA TODAY Life are sharing 100 things that bring us happiness during the pandemic. 

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