P is for Neil Pasricha: The 3 As Of Awesome

Neil’s blog http://1000awesomethings.com/ has won many accolades.

In this video he describes how the blog came about as he wrote about appreciating things in life. He also outlines the importance of the 3 As.

Attitude – having a positive attitude.

Awareness – being fully aware in life.

Authenticity – being true to your values.

Here is the background information taken from TED.

Neil uses the power of blogging to spread a little optimism each day about the awesome things that make life worth living.

He never imagined that writing about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s really Friday, or wearing underwear just out of the dryer would amount to anything.

A self-described “average guy” with a typical 9-to-5 job in the suburbs, Neil started his blog 1000 Awesome Things, as a small reminder — in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a troubled economy — of the free, easy little joys that make life sweet.

He certainly didn’t anticipate that his site would gain a readership of millions of people, win two Webby Awards (“the Internet’s highest honor” according to The New York Times), be named one of PC Magazine’s Top 100 Sites On the Internet, or become a place where people from around the world would come to celebrate the simple pleasures of daily life.

His first book The Book of Awesome has become a #1 International Bestseller and The Book of Awesome 2 published in Spring, 2011.

Here are some reviews. First, from The Vancouver Sun.

1000 Awesome Things might be described as optimism for the rest of us.

Sunny without being saccharine, it’s a countdown of life’s little joys that reads like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp.

Second, from The Huffington Post.

None of what Pasricha shares is philosophical or heady.

Similarly, his style is not a pontification on a single universal truth on how to live a more positive life, regardless of one’s personal circumstances.

It’s absent of prescriptions that assume only changing the way we think will result in better outcomes.

He merely brings to life — and reminds us about — the small occasions that will likely have you saying to yourself, ‘Yes, that is so right. Why didn’t I think of that?’

Pasricha doesn’t mandate a way to live well. In many simple ways, he just reminds us that we already do.


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