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It’s no secret: I am a hugeNeil Pasricha fan. It’s impossible to visit his site 1000 Awesome Things and not feel good about the world. He has a gift for identifying the small, simple pleasures and treasures that make life beautiful and fill us with joy, if we take the time to notice and appreciate them.
In case you’re not familiar with Neil, a little background info: Neil started counting down—you guessed it—1000 awesome things in June of 2008. Since he first shared his amusement at learning about broccoflower— “a bizarre misfit child from two of nature’s most hideous vegetables”—Neil’s identified nearly 900 things and experiences that inspire laughter, smiles, and maybe even happy tears.
He’s extolled the ordinary, like flossing, taking off your glasses at the end of the day, and not bumping your head on something that you usually bump your head on.
And he has a gift for identifying as extraordinary things we may often take for granted—like when a stranger takes the time to help you parallel park, or when you cuddle really close to someone you love and hear their heartbeat.
Reading the ever evolving list of awesome is like watching one of those feel-good movie montages full of poignant, magical moments that remind us it truly is a wonderful world.
Previously, I reviewed The Book of Awesome and interviewed Neil when he launched The Book of (Even More) Awesome. When I saw on his site that he was about to launch a holiday edition called The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, I couldn’t email him quickly enough!
The Book of (Holiday) Awesome encompasses all kinds of holidays, from Thanksgiving, Hannnukah and Christmas to Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and beyond. Some of the awesome experiences include:
- Plugging in the Christmas lights from last year and having them all work
- When the in-laws leave
- Successfully regifting a present to someone who actually wants it
- Drinking with Grandma
- Just barely wrapping a gift with that tiny scrap of leftover wrapping paper
- Knowing Kwanzaa is worth more Scrabble points than Hanukkah or Christmas
From Neil’s introduction:
Holidays are stressful.
Long shopping lists, tricky travel, and visiting inlaws all snowball into busy weeks of blood-boiling bliss. When that tree’s wedged up high, when the presents are all wrapped, when the party dress is squeezed on . . . well, sometimes you just want eggnog and a nap.
And that’s when I hope you’ll flip open The Book of (Holiday) Awesome for a little escape between gravy boats and Christmas lights, between holiday baking and board game nights. Flip it open when you’re tired, flip it open when you’re mad, flip it open to feel festive, flip it open to feel glad.
Because holidays give us great breaks and holidays give us great times. They’re full of family moments and little chances to unwind. From the big banging moments at the end of the year to the little ones in the spring and the fall, it’s fun bouncing through them with loved ones, and fun bouncing through them at all. Sometimes between Christmas card stresses and dinnertime messes, it’s easy to forget we’re celebrating some pretty big things: the birth of a country, a time to remember, a day to give thanks, or a Monday off in September.
So let your brain drift back to good memories, let your mind enjoy old times, let your body slip into the awesome, and let yourself relax and unwind. I hope you have a very awesome holiday.
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