November 28, 2013 06:00 AM

Ah, Thanksgiving: our annual excuse to sit around a table with our closest friends and second cousins to talk about and/or eat our feelings.

Unfortunately, stuffing your mouth with mashed potatoes isn’t the answer your Aunt Peggy is looking for when she asks you what you’re thankful for this year. And if you can’t think straight with all that Tryptophan, you can just steal our answers.

Aside from the invention of cranberry sauce, we’re thankful for …

1. Ryan Gosling’s abs

Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011
Warner Bros.

Surprise, surprise: This has easily become our go-to answer over the years. It’s the equivalent of saying you like baby tigers or the color blue – no one’s going to argue with you over Ryan Gosling, not even Aunt Peggy.

2. Also, Adam Levine

Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5 performs at the video shoot for "Moves Like Jagger."
Christopher Polk/Getty

Because even Aunt Peggy knows all the words to “She Will Be Loved.” And that’s what this year‘s Sexiest Man Alive would want, in addition to a side of green bean casserole.

3. This dreaming puppy

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that we don’t want to live in a world where videos of small dogs talking in their sleep don’t run the Internet.

4. Chef Tom Colicchio’s gingerbread cookie sandwich

Gingerbread with Rum Ice Cream and Poached Pears
Courtesy Bing

We didn’t know it was possible to like (read: love) ice cream sandwiches anymore than we already do, and then the celebrity chef went ahead and stuffed his with rum ice cream and poached pears.

5. The brave, fearless Batkid

Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, with Batman
Jeff Chiu/AP

We weren’t sure we believed in heroes before San Francisco became Gotham on Nov. 15 as the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled the dreams of a 5-year-old boy named Miles, who has leukemia. Ben Affleck, this is going to be a tough – impossible, actually – act to follow.

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