11/28/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET
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
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 , not even Aunt Peggy.
2. Also, Adam Levine
Because even Aunt Peggy knows all the words to “She Will Be Loved.” And that’s what this year’s 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
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.