I don’t think anyone will argue with me when suggest that there’s far too much negativity in this world born from pessimistic, miserable people and let’s face it, the constant barrage of “bad news” stories fed to us on a daily basis by the media. Your typical newspaper will more often than not force you through 2 feature pages of stories relating to all that is wrong with elements of society before you get to any kind of material that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
This being said, it’s always brings a smile to one’s face when you come across a genuinely happy and uplifting article or website that celebrates even the smallest of awesome things that life has to offer. Enter a website called “1,000 Awesome Things” put together by a bloke from Toronto named Neil Pasricha.
In an interview with Canada’s CTV network, Pasrica explained:
“For two or three minutes a day we can sit around, cover our heads with a blanket and talk about how fun it is to take that first shower when you get home from camping for a week; or talk about getting that popcorn kernel out of your teeth; or wearing underwear just out of the dryer; or having a whole row to yourself on an airplane.”
The “1,000 Awesome Things” Blog releases a new “awesome thing” each and every day which gives everyone something to look forward to reading and smiling about every 24 hours – an element that most almost certainly adds to the overnight popularity of the site.
In perusing the site today, here’s some of the gems that I came across:
- #873 Finding a mix tape given to you by an old boyfriend or girlfriend
- #822 When there’s still time left in the parking meter when you pull up
- #748 That feeling in your stomach when you go really high on the swings
- #538 Laughing so hard you start crying
- #529 Finally peeing after holding it forever
There’s obviously tonnes more to feast your eyes on, and the countdown is also well and truly still on so adding the site to your daily news feed reader, or subscribing to the “1,000 Awesome Things” Twitter feed is highly advisable.
If something more tangible, like a book, is more your thing, then you’re also catered for. Neil Pasricha, on the back of the success of his website, has launched a book titled “The Book of Awesome” which explores the same kind of, “…universal little pleasures we all share.”