100 Awesome things Worth Celebrating by Neil Pasricha

things to celebrateScientists say that our brain is trained to always be on the lookout for the negative. If a fly lands on one of the 10 deliciously looking cupcakes, we will concentrate on avoiding one “ruined” cupcake, and not on enjoying the 9 good ones. This negative-comes-first-mechanism has helped us survive for thousands of years.

However, over the course of history there have been people who have managed to re-wire their brain to notice the positive little things around them and share them with others.

Neil Pasricha is one of these people.

Who is Neil Pasricha?

If you have watched Neil’s inspirational TED talk about the 3 A’s of Awesome you know who he is. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

You also might have seen his amazing self improvement book called “The Book of Awesome” at Barnes and Nobles or on Amazon. This best-seller is actually based on Neil’s inspirational blog called 1000 Awesome things, dedicated to little pleasures worth appreciating.

Here are 100 Awesome Things from Neil’s blog. Some of them are silly, some very sweet, some are quite unexpected.
But every one of them will remind you to stop and appreciate life’s simple pleasures.

100 Awesome things that are worth celebrating:

1. Getting under your sheets after a long, tiresome day
2. Sneaking cheaper candy into the movie theater
3. Getting a Birthday Card from someone you thought you had lost touch with
4. Getting served breakfast in bed
5. Finding money you did not know you had lost
6. Picking the perfect nacho off someone else’s plate
7. Wearing underwear just out of the dryer
8. Sleeping in new bed sheets
9. Taking a power nap in the middle of a work day
10. Building a stack of pancakes that looks just like the front of the box
11. Making snow angels outdoors
12. When the cashier opens up a new check-out line at the grocery store and you suddenly become the first one in line
13. The smell of rain on a hot sidewalk
14. Perfect parallel-parking on the first try
15. Eating cookies Cookie Monster style
16. Eating food you loved when you were a kid
17. Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row
18. When you are about to sleep and someone throws a blanket over you
19. The moment at a concert when the lights go out and before the band comes on stage
20. Hanging your hand out of a car window when driving
21. Passing by a bakery and inhaling the air that smells of freshly-baked bread
22. When you manage to squeeze enough toothpaste out for one last brush
23. Roasting a perfect marshmallow
24. Playing old-school video games
25. Taking your shoes off after a really long day.
26. High fiving babies
27. The feeling of scrunching sand under your feet
28. Slurping hot soup on a cold night
29. Greeting old folks who are sitting on their porch and wave at you when you walk by
30. Popping bubble wrap
31. When someone names their kid after you
32. The smell of freshly cut grass
33. When there is still time left on a parking meter when you pull up
34. When the late night pizza order arrives really-really early
35. Getting off an airplane after a long flight
36. Entering your home to the smell of someone cooking
37. That one really good pen that never gets lost
38. Pleasant muscle pain after a good workout
39. Your favorite old, comfy T-shirt
40. Watching something downloading really fast
41. Seeing a cop on the side of the road and realizing that you are going the speed limit anyway
42. The sound of rain from inside a tent
43. Getting the armrest at the movie theater
44. Getting recognized for doing something you love
45. Falling asleep in the backseat of a car late at night on the drive home
46. Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing that you’ve got lots of sleep time left
47. When the thing you were going to buy is already on sale
48. Finding the last item of your size at the store
49. Thinking it’s Thursday, when it’s Friday
50. Celebrating your pet’s birthday even though they have no idea what’s going on
51. Stepping onto the bus a second before the door closes
52. When someone gives you their last piece of gum
53. Catching somebody singing in their car and sharing a laugh with them
54. Having people laugh until they cry at the joke that you’ve just told
55. Passing under a bridge on the highway when it’s pouring rain
56. When you sneeze and a stranger says bless you
57. Rubbing someone’s newly shaved head
58. Looking at how much dirt came off something you just cleaned
59. Wearing what you just bought out of the store
60. Sucking your stomach in just before the picture is taken
61. Getting a long hug when you really need it
62. When you flip to a radio station just as a song you love is starting
63. When the person scratching your back finds that one really itchy spot
64. When your boss leaves early for the day
65. When your laptop or cell phone is just about to die but you manage to run and plug it before it completely shuts off
66. When you meet up with a group of friends and they stop talking to celebrate your arrival
67. Peeling the thin plastic film off new electronics
68. Using any item within reach to help grab the remote control so you don’t have to move
69. Buying something with the batteries already included
70. Hilarious last minute Halloween costumes
71. Whipping down a hill really fast after pedaling hard all the way up
72. Finding something you lost a long time ago after you already gave up looking for it
73. Finding hidden compartments in things you already own
74. Tossing garbage in the trash can from far away
75. Watching cream go into coffee
76. Discovering that they have free Wi-fi connection here
77. When you’re in the fastest moving lane in a traffic jam
78. When you went to the gym yesterday
79. Listening to couples tell you how they met
80. The moment on vacation where you forget what day of the week it is
81. Hanging out with your mom
82. Dropping your cell phone on the sidewalk and then realizing that it is totally fine
83. Fitting into those jeans you haven’t been able to wear for a while
84. Getting the emergency exit row on the airplane
85. When your shoes are tight enough to stay on your feet, but loose enough to slide on and off without untying them
86. Correctly guessing an old password you haven’t used in a while
87. Watching soccer and actually seeing a goal
88. Hearing a song that reminds you of someone you love
89. When your guests do the dishes even after you told them not to
90. When the social event you did not want to go to gets canceled
91. When characters in the movies visit a place you know
92. Those rare moments when you are the only person on the beach
93. Pulling up a weed and getting all the roots with it
94. The sound of water lapping against the dock
95. Seeing a really happy dog out for a walk
96. Eating a first freshly baked cookie straight from the oven even though it’s way too hot
97. Seeing old people holding hands
98. When construction cranes get Christmas lights on them
99. Lazing on the couch after a big holiday feast
100. Catching someone you love admiring you from across the room

What are some of the awesome things that you would like to celebrate today?

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  • Vishal Mistry

    Finishing the test earlier then anybody else.

  • Vishal Mistry

    Prepared for the test two weeks ahead.

  • Mike

    Thanks for compiling this list!

  • Arina

    Those are great goals, Vishal. I Hope that you have accomplished and celebrated at least one of them.