2016 was certainly a year of ups and downs.

With many Americans feeling divided after a contentious election, it's important to remember that we have more commonalities than differences.

Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year that remind us to laugh, smile, be thankful and come together.


High School Football Team Gives Roses to Cheerleader Battling Leukemia

In an incredible show of support, a high school football team in California placed roses at the feet of a cheerleader battling leukemia. Orange roses were chosen to represent the color of leukemia awareness.


FSU Football Star Eats Lunch With Autistic Boy Who Was Sitting Alone

When Florida State University football players visited a Tallahassee middle school over the summer, star wide receiver Travis Rudolph sat with an autistic boy who was eating lunch by himself in the cafeteria.


WWII Vet Reunites With Man He Saved From Concentration Camp

A World War II veteran was reunited with a Holocaust survivor who he helped liberate, and the incredible moment was caught on camera.


Man Donates Kidney to Friend He Hadn't Seen in 20 Years

A Utah man donated his kidney to a friend from high school who he hadn't seen in years, and they shared their incredible story on "Fox & Friends Weekend."


A Woman Put on a Chewbacca Mask and Won the Internet

The viral phenomenon known as "Chewbacca Mom" reminded us all that sometimes you just have to laugh. Candace Payne has spun her internet fame into a visit to Facebook headquarters and her very own Hasbro action figure!


Sharp-Shooting Army Vet Saves Bald Eagle Stuck Upside Down in Tree

When a bald eagle caught its leg in a piece of rope wrapped around a tree branch 70 feet off the ground, a U.S. Army veteran - and his trusty rifle - came to the rescue.


Woman With Down Syndrome Opens College Acceptance Letter

Rachel Grace, who has Down syndrome, opened her college acceptance letter to East Stroudsburg University. Her ecstatic reaction has touched hearts around the world.


Share your favorite moments and fondest memories from the past year in the comments!