13 things to be grateful for in 2017, explained by adorable cartoon characters.

If there is ever a time to take stock of all of life's blessings, it's around Thanksgiving.

It's easy to get swept up the bustle and stress of our workdays, lose touch with old friends, or feel despair while watching the news.

This is the time of year to pause, celebrate the opportunities that lie ahead, and spend time with the people who matter most. It's the time to remember all we have to be grateful for.


1. Because giving thanks should be a way of life.

All illustrations by Jon Youshaei/EveryVowel. Used here with permission.

2. It's not about having the newest iPhone...

3. ...or the fastest WiFi.

4. Gratitude is an attitude.

5. Thanksgiving is about cherishing those around you above what you own.

And there are so many people we can each be grateful to have in our lives.

6. We can be grateful for friends who always have our backs...

7. ...and encourage us to be our weird selves.

8. We can be grateful for our parents.

9. Even if they’re sometimes overprotective...

10. ...and ask far too many questions.

11. We can be grateful to our mentors who give us advice...

12. ...and lift us up when we're falling behind.

13. Above all, we can celebrate our chance to experience the ups and downs of life and share it all with the people we love most.

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Living a simple and happy life, Chow Yun-fat plans to give his around $700 million fortune to charity, Hong Kong movie site Jayne Stars reported.

Chow Yun Fat was born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong, to a mother who was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer, and a father who worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. Chow grew up in a farming community, in a house with no electricity.

He would wake at dawn each morning to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding on the streets; in the afternoons, he went to work in the fields.

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