The Book of Awesome
Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant ThingsBook - 2010
* Popping Bubble Wrap
* Wearing underwear just out of the dryer
* Fixing electronics by smacking them
* Getting called up to the dinner buffet first at a wedding
* Watching The Price Is Right when you're home sick
* Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row
* Waking up and realizing it's Saturday
Sometimes it's easy to forget the things that make us smile. With a 24/7 news cycle reporting that the polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes are swirling in the seas, wars are heating up around the world, and the job market is in a deep freeze, it's tempting to feel that the world is falling apart. But awesome things are all around us-sometimes we just need someone to point them out.
The Book of Awesome reminds us that the best things in life are free (yes, your grandma was right). With laugh-out-loud observations from award- winning comedy writer Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome is filled with smile-inducing moments on every page that make you feel like a kid looking at the world for the first time. Read it and you'll remember all the things there are to feel good about.
The Book of Awesome reminds us of all the little things that we often overlook but that make us smile. With touching, warm, and funny observations, each entry ends with the big booming feeling you'll get when you read through them: AWESOME!
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“Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second.”
― Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome
(When you hit pins down while bowling) The Stage Dance.Hey, you're up on stage, so why not throw out a couple moves? Perhaps the famous Hulk Hogan ear cup, the invisible hula hoop, or the fist pump. If all else fails, you can moonwalk back down to your seat. The shoes should help.
"The [Five Second Rule] has many variations, including The Three Second Rule, The Seven Second Rule, and the extremely handy and versatile The However Long It Takes Me to Pick Up This Food Rule."
"Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second."
Have you ever put finger, algea-filled lake-water, or shampoo in there? Yeah, that gets your eyes screaming in pain pretty quick, doesn't it? Unless you're using baby No More Tears shampoo, of course, in which case feel free to lather your eyeballs right on up, no worries.
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an awesome book written by Neil Pasricha! A genius!!! this book tells you about all those little things in life that are simmple but also sweet! For example: the feeling that you get when you find something you've ben looking for! all that weight has been lifted off your shoulders! a truly awesome book! I simply loved it! if you havant read the book yet, boy you have a lot of reading in your future!
I swiped this from a blog - Eden Journal - that swiped it from an Amazon patron. It seems to provide a nice summary:
Pasricha celebrates the simple pleasures of everyday living. Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration that skips the typical Chicken Soup for the Soul fare: “When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there,” (“Ding!”); “When the boss goes out of town” (“Who’s up for a three-hour lunch?”); “Peeling that thin plastic film off new electronics” (“Welcome to the world, remote control”). Other items get more substantial discussions, including the other side of the pillow, old playground equipment, hotel lobby bathrooms, the last day of school, and the five-second rule. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life’s unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to “share a universal high five with humanity.” Readers looking for simple, unsentimental pick-me-ups should find this happy browsing.
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