We have all been there.
You know, those days when the stresses of the everyday world add up and you begin to, well, hate everything and everyone you see. Maybe it is due to things you can control, such as people treating you unfairly, or you have done things—intentionally or not—to hurt those you love.
Obviously, there are countless other reasons for having a bad attitude and wanting to withdraw from the world, but it is always a blessing when you find that person or thing that can bring you back to being the positive, happy you.
Recently, I went through one of those phases and had to “disappear” for a while. Stresses and life-changes added up, as well as behaviors from myself of which I am not proud, so I took the weekend to unplug from Facebook, Twitter and, well, the outside world.
About a month ago, I went to a used bookstore and made a few purchases. They were mostly self-help books dealing with how to handle life changes (since I’m in the midst of many of them right now), but there was another book that caught my eye as potentially a fun read for pleasure.
The name of the book is The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha, who writes 1000awesomethings.com. Published in 2010, this was the first time I had heard of the book and it appealed to me greatly immediately. Yet, when I got home with it, it sat on my desk for a few weeks and, while I did begin to read it, I didn’t completely dive in until this weekend.
The Book of Awesome is a fun read that I flew through once I really dove into it. Quite simply, it points out everyday things that are “awesome” and, even in your darkest days, if you are looking for those things, you can easily change your mindset.
This is exactly what I needed at exactly the right time.
Flipping to random pages of the book, examples of everyday awesome things are:
Finding out your birthday is on a Friday or a Saturday next year.
When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there.
Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left.
Getting your ID checked when you’re way over the legal age.
The first shower you take after not showering for a really long time.
Come on, admit it…all of those things really are awesome and make you feel amazing, whether for a short amount of time or gives you a high that lasts all day.
Pasricha did a great job of describing the feelings these seemingly little things bring and how they can change your attitude…and does so in an entertaining way in which I found myself laughing out loud. Yes, the book has been out for a while now—and to my pleasure, there is a second book I will purchase soon—I wanted to bring this to your attention.
We’ve all had those days. We’ve all been there.
It is easy to spot the bad or negative things which can ruin our day, week, month or year. It takes work for many, myself included, to look for the positive. It is amazing how your attitude can change and how easily it comes when you begin to look for the positive.
They are out there…they are numerous…and you can always see them. Go find them and I would recommend you check out Pasricha’s website 1000awesomethings.com and submit more ideas.
To be cheesy, this book is awesome. Go get it, read it and enjoy it.