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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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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