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The noises of our everyday lives can be annoying. Horns honking, a partner’s snoring, car alarms that no one responds to, that awful ear-piercing screech from the Emergency Broadcast System, Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. It can all get a little much. If you hear those things enough times, it’s enough to make anyone want to crawl into bed, get under a heavy duvet, put a pillow over their head, and curl up in a ball. But there is one sound that can make you forget all the other irksome sounds, a sound so wonderful, so beautiful, so magical, that even if Lloyd Christmas is screaming in your ear, this sound will still make you smile. It’s the sound of a baby laughing. You know the kind: a big, booming chuckle, maybe the occasional snort, that comes from a person still wearing diapers. Honestly, there’s no sweeter sound. We’re not sure what’s better — when the little ones are entertained by the littlest thing that someone or something is doing, or if they are creating their own entertainment and think it’s the most hilarious thing ever. Hearty belly laughs can brighten up anyone’s day and they always lighten the mood. It’s like music to one’s ears. Even if it seemingly goes on forever, we can never get enough of it — and that’s something to be thankful for. It’s a reminder that even on crappy days, there is still awesomeness to be found, even something as simple as a laugh. And the best part? They’re infectious. We dare you — try not to smile or burst out laughing when you hear it.

The things we’re grateful for linger long after the turkey’s been digested. To remind ourselves that celebrating life’s little joys is really where it’s at, The Loop’s calling out the everyday things that give us heaps of pleasure. Starting October 10, we’ll publish one new story daily about a thing, moment or experience that gives us the warm and fuzzies.

You’ve probably got plenty to be thankful for, too, and we want to know about it! Share what you’re most grateful for on Facebook here or via Twitter using the hashtag #12DAYSOFTHANKS (we’re @theloopca) or join the conversation on Hubub. Happy Thanksgiving!