It's no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been generally rather bleak, but I've managed to find solace in my oldest friend: television.
Not just from the brilliance of The Mandalorian, and similar high-quality escapist fare, but in the unexpected genre of "reality television".
More specifically from two shows I've always enjoyed, but this year found to be the pick-me-up I needed.
I'm talking about The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing.
Two shows that, at their core, are about lovely people doing lovely things.
"Life-affirming viewing," as my old friend Pete says.
You just have to contrast these with ITV's offering of family-friendly torture porn in the shape of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here to realise why Bake Off and Strictly are precisely what the country needs right now.
While shows that thrive on negativity (such as I'm A Celebrity) need to be consigned to the dustbin of televisual history, along with The Jeremy Kyle Show and the heavily orchestrated 'reality' of talent shows like The X-Factor.
Both Strictly and Bake Off are good natured shows about striving for excellence, with friendly camaraderie and sportsmanship, devoid of any sense of degradation or humiliation in the process.
Everyone who takes part in these shows seems to be a genuinely pleasant person, whether a celeb on Strictly or a member of the public on Bake Off.
Honestly, I can only think of one contestant in all the years Rachel and I have watched Strictly that I wouldn't enjoy bumping into at a party... barking mad, right-wing loony Ann Widdecombe.
But her inclusion in the 2010 line-up feels like an aberration.
I'm not saying that 2021 is going to be much better than this year, but it certainly wouldn't hurt the mood of the country to have more television programmes that follow the encouraging recipe of these two very British shows.