Thanks for stopping by for Day 12 of Upworthy's 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! If this is your first visit, here's the gist: Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we're sharing stories we hope will bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It's been a challenging year for a lot of us, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of happiness? Check back tomorrow (or click the links at the bottom) for another installment!

A lot of the time, Twitter can seem like humanity's worst idea: a 21st-century town square where your closest friends, least-favorite politicians, ornery journalists, badass stand-up comedians, and bitter, aging stars of your favorite teen sitcoms conspire to make you feel miserable about yourself and the world.

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