1000 Awesome Things is just a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Launched June, 2008 and updated every weekday. Full story here.

Also, I share details of the inspiration and background of this site (and what was going on in my life at the time) in a couple of TED Talks. The first one is my most recent and contains the big questions I’m often thinking about. The second one is the older one where I share more about my personal story. Hope you enjoy.


Some thoughts and reviews from around the horn:

“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.” – The Vancouver Sun

“Neil Pasricha is the guru of small joys.” – The Toronto Star

“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.” – The Huffington Post

“Pasricha finds fun in frustrations, going from grit to wit.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Strangely heartwarming… perfect for rainy days.” – The New Yorker

“Laugh-out-loud funny, tinged with just enough sarcastic nostalgia…” – Wired.com

“Honors the little joys of life.” – USA Today

“Consumer angst has turned western civilization into a morass of grumpy old men moaning about shoddy battery life of iPhones or the annoying omnipresence of accident claims adverts when you just want to watch a daytime quiz show. So sometimes, it’s nice to remind yourself of life’s sweeter side and the pleasures to be had from the small things — like peeling the thin plastic film off new electronic gadgets or sneaking your own cheap snacks into the cinemas. 1000 Awesome Things deserves its recent Webby Award; life really is awesome after all.” – The Guardian

“1000 Awesome Things is the #1 awesome website.” – Frank Warren, PostSecret

“Laugh out loud. You feel like you’ve thought of these things a thousand times but just haven’t stopped to write them down.” – BBC South America

“A lovingly beautiful blog. It’s like being a three- or four-year-old and looking at the world for the first time again. Read it and you’ll feel good about being human.” – Jim Hedger, Host of Webcology, Webmaster radio

“Unrelentingly optimistic without being sappy. It’s less about awesome things than it is about seeing the awesomeness of the everyday.” – The Toronto Star

“Cool Site of the Day!” – The Kim Komando Show, #1 Weekend Talk Radio Show in the US

“One of the Top 100 Blogs of 2010.” – PC Mag

“One of the Top 100 Web sites of 2009.” – PC Mag

“One of the Top 50 Blogs of 2009.” – PC Mag

“Given the hectic nature of our lives, it’s easy to overlook the little things that make it all worthwhile. Thank goodness we’ve got this new site to remind us of life’s small pleasures. They’re just getting started with the list but we’ve already identified a few favorites including that pile of assorted beers left in your fridge after a party, locking people out of the car and pretending to drive away, and finding money you didn’t even know you lost. – The Record (San Joaquin County Daily Newspaper)

“A simple but brilliant idea.” Fox News

“… the most optimistic, sunny blog online. You have to test your cynicism against this affirmation of all things and see if you can actually  handle it.” – CBC Radio

Sleeping in your own bed after a long trip, being able to carry all the groceries from the car in one swoop, that miracle of science when the amount of toilet paper left on the toll is the exact amount you need – these are just some of the quietly awesome things in life at 1000 Awesome Things.” – Mental Floss

“Best of 2009.” All My Faves

“1000 Awesome Things should put itself on the list of 1000 Awesome Things. I’d hit it.” – Cheezburger Ben Huh, I Can Has Cheezburger? & FAIL Blog

“1000 Awesome Things is where the modern world stops to smell the roses.” – Ben Mercer, CFRB 1010

“Reading your blog always brings a smile to my face & I feel like I am talking to you.” – Email from author’s mother, January 12, 2009

“One of the best Pop Culture Blogs on the Internet.” – Make Five, “The Best Pop Culture Blogs”

“1000 Awesome Things is a case study on how to create an amazing contribution to the blogosphere. ” – Wikinomics, “How to build an amazing blog”

“1000 Awesome Things is absolute, pure joy.” – Q107, Calgary, Alberta, “The Terri and Patti Show”

“There’s something riveting about 1000 Awesome Things that makes you want to keep coming back. Aside from the great humor, it reminds you of the little things in life, and how awesome they can be.” – Zen Habits, Leo Babauta

“Internet humor is basically pissing all over things just for the sake of pissing on them, even if they don’t particularly deserve it. Fake outrage gets a little wearisome. 1000 Awesome Things, on the other hand, is taking the road less traveled and showing that loving things can be just as funny as hating them.” – Man vs. Clown!, Peter Lynn

I just want to say a very small, sincere thank you to everyone who takes the time to write about this site, whether it’s in formal publications, other sites online, or comments right here. Love reading all your thoughts, good and bad. Y’all are impressive, insightful, and hilarious. Thank you so much. – Neil

And now for the legal stuff: Use of this website is for personal, non-commercial purposes. Any other use is expressly forbidden. The authors of this website own all content together with any comments and suggestions, including those sent in by electronic means. Users choosing to make any suggestions or comments thereby release any rights to them. The authors are free to use, adapt or ignore any suggestions and are not required to acknowledge them in any form.

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  1. Its such as you read my mind! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the guide in it or something. I believe that you just can do with a few percent to drive the message home a little bit, however instead of that, this is great blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  2. I’m (almost) 11 and i’ve read all of your books and Loved every single one! Please,please,Please write another book. Yio have ispired me to create my own list of awesome!

  3. I was introduced to your book(s) at a dear friend’s funeral at which they commented on the impact your books had on a dying man and his family. Last week I sat with his widow and listened as she shared an anecdote out of her husbands autographed copy. Through her tears she smiled as you gave her something awesome to think about. You have made a wondeful impact on many lives, Neil. Carol and Bill Kellington are very proud to have known you. I thank you for providing them with such joy at such a difficlt time in their lives. Providing smiles through tears….awesome.

  4. A curious thing just happened. I sat down with a cup of tea and my smartphone on the table beside me. Suddenly, without anything having touched it, the term ‘awesome’ appeared as a Google search, with your blog as the last item on the page. I picked up the phone and clicked on it: the page title ‘#65 Dads’ came up … and my tears started trickling down after reading your reminiscences. Thank you. My dad died a year ago.

  5. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  6. The miracles of Awesome are endless! I keep wishing and hoping and praying and dreaming and wishing and hoping and praying and dreaming… I don’t even want to think, wonder or feel the painful emptiness there will be should this actually come to an abrupt end:((((((

  7. I got here because a columnist on a major broadsheet, The Philippine Star featured your book and your blog on his column today.
    I immediately googled it, expecting the site to be littered with obnoxious ads and widgets but WOW! this is so neat and easy to read — and yes, this is really inspiring. I’ll hang around.

  8. Thanks for all the awesomeness. I guess you’ll be taking your life back about the same time I get my wife back! (kidding!) I could never do what you have done. You’re amazing! Thanks again!

  9. I would say I think there will be “alot” of blue creatures and peoples as soon as this countdown is done, but since your favourite colour is blue, I’m not sure it will help! ;)

  10. Neil, I use your talk from TED Talks in my English classes for adults.
    Anytime I get a student walk into class looking frazzled and a bit done over we watch the video and talk about our own list of little pleasures. The strange thing is, they are yet to name a pleasure which I don’t share or agree with- we’re all a bit of sameness inside!

  11. I guess I’m getting to this party very late- by way of PostSecret. I will enjoy going back through the list. What a great site and idea!

  12. What is TOTALLY awesome for me is at the end of an exhausting day, I pour myself a glass of Merlot and sink into our hot tub for about 30 minutes. I have a few photos that I’ve taken from our back porch where the tub is, and the view of the sunset out there is absolutely breathtaking…when I get a moment, I will post them for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for sharing all of YOUR wonderful awesome-nesses… :)

  13. I have followed your blog since post 983. I will sincerely miss waking up to your witty inspiration every weekday.

    Thank you for making me day a little bit more awesome!

  14. I have to voice my affection for your kindness giving support to those people that really want assistance with this one theme. Your special commitment to passing the solution around appears to be particularly good and has surely permitted many people like me to attain their endeavors. Your entire helpful suggestions entails a lot to me and extremely more to my peers. Regards; from each one of us.

  15. i love Neil. and the little joys he describes, which are oh so familiar. I am at Book 1 right now, just laughing myself unconscious.I love the language, it’s hilarious. I was reading about Having your Colon yesterday night, baaah, today my belly hurts. thanks so much for lightening up my mood! You’re amazing.

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  18. Thank you 1000 awesome things for all the times you’ve saved a day.
    I was first introduced to your first book by my drama teacher while I was a exchange student in Quesnel, BC, and after that I was hooked! Started reading the blog every day and was so sad when the weekend came and nothing new came up. For my birthday I decided to buy your first book myself as a birthday present to myself, best birthday present this year by far. Then this summer I went on a road trip with a bunch of other exchange student as a last thing before we all left Canada and of course I brought the Book of Awesome with me and it became the book of the trip, everybody read it and got amazed by how awesome life was.
    Now I’m back in Sweden and nobody of my friends here knows about 1000 awesome things but I’m trying my best to change that though!
    Thank you for reminding us all of all the awesome things in life!

  19. Loved the book….just read it today and loved laughing at some of the most awesome moments (halloween) we all share and never really realize we all do these things and have had them done to us….xoxoxo
    LOVE IT!!

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