Though this year certainly had some days that we'd all rather forget, there were countless moments of joy that give us hope for an even brighter 2018.
Meanwhile, Prince George can barely contain his excitement on a helicopter ride.
Pope Francis poses for a selfie at the church of St. Maria Josefa in Castelverde, Italy.
Barclay, the golden retriever, and his pal Rudy, became media darlings after their mom shared their irresistible pics with . Here they are snuggled up for a nap in their California home.
Gunnery Sgt. Michel Grabau hugs his daughter Mikaelie during a heartwarming homecoming reception at Camp Pendleton.
Children throw vibrantly colored powder and spray each other with water guns while celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi in Chennai, India.
Huan Huan cuddles her cub at the Beauval Zoo in France.
Prince Harry gets playful with a little girl trying to steal his popcorn during the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Vito, a two-month-old giraffe, gets some attention from his mom at XII Months Zoo in Kiev, Ukraine.
Paper hearts fall at Piazza Dante during the Verona in Love festival on Valentine's Day in Verona, Italy.
Keithus, an adorable Boston Terrier, and his mom take a stroll at the 27th Annual Halloween Dog Parade in New York City.
Elinor Otto — one of America's original Rosie the Riveters — is honored at Broadway's Bandstand. Otto retired at 93.
A girl gets friendly with a duck during New York City's Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival.
Libby and Mathew Vlasic's baby gives them an unexpected high five from inside the womb.
Orlando Duque of Colombia plunges off the 27 meter platform during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy.
A Lebanese groom kisses the hand of his bride while water skiing in their wedding clothes off the bay of Jounieh, north of Beirut.
An elated little girl drives a down London's Regent Street.
President Barack Obama takes a break from learning to kitesurf at Richard Branson's retreat.
Grover pays a visit to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in New Jersey.
Kate Middleton dances with a beloved bear at Paddington Station.
A man tests out a flyboard at the during the Gulf Emirate's International Boat Show.
A child riding a plastic can gleefully flies off a snow bump in Turkey.
Brian Dozier, of the Minnesota Twins, celebrates hitting a two-run homer against the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field.
Olympian Simone Biles leaps before throwing at the first pitch at a Cleveland Indians game.
Olivia, a 25-day-old spider monkey, finds a home at the Cali Zoo in Colombia.
Characters from Star Wars stand for the national anthem during Star Wars Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
A rainbow appears after a rainfall over Gaza City.
Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, and Ellen Degeneres get goofy at the MTV Video Music Awards.