The Book of Awesome: Weekly High-Five Report


This week’s high-five goes out to blogger and author of The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha. In his book as well as his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, Pasricha reminds us about the beauty in the everyday. Each page in his book and every blog post highlights something in our lives that’s awesome. These are the little moments that lift our spirits, like when you squeeze through a door as it’s shutting without touching it. We do a little dance in our head, raise our internal fist and bump it in the air, and if we’re really living right, we high-five someone. Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • When the vending machine gives you two things instead of one
  • The shampoo head massage you sometimes get at the hairdresser
  • When you hear someone’s smile over the phone
  • Snow days
  • Pushing those little buttons on the soft drink cup lid
  • Snow falling on Christmas Eve


Now it’s your turn. What little moments in life make you want to give your own bad self a high-five?


11 responses »

  1. Powder days in April.
    When my husband calls me “baby”. (I used to hate that until I met him.)
    Finding the perfect pen.
    Comments on a blog post when I thought the blog post was just sort of “meh”. 😉
    Getting hand-written letters in the mail.
    Petting a horse’s nose.

  2. Here are a few that come to mind:

    When a total stranger does something nice for you.
    The steam rising off a fresh cup of jasmine pearl tea. And then sipping it.
    When the sun catches dew drops on a leaf in the morning, and they sparkle like little diamonds.
    Doing something nice for a total stranger (well, anybody).

  3. gratitude! thanks. i needed this post. 🙂

    mountain bike tires on wood chips
    having long enough arms to reach the unexplored fruit in the produce section
    short range, intentional eye contact with my kids when they aren’t in any trouble whatsoever

  4. I’m with Derek. The best is when my little guys look back and smile. One of them is so pleased he squints and tilts his head to one side. Their face says, I love you, so they don’t have to, but I say it anyway.

    Also, reading in bed on Sunday morning, eating dinner watching the sun set almost anywhere, and finishing a big summer house project. Oh, and Monday holidays with no obligations.

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