#372 Umbrella Karma Nov15

#372 Umbrella Karma

Umbrella karma is when you lose your umbrella somewhere but then randomly find another one somewhere else. Whoops, left your rainshade in the restaurant? No worries, there’s an extra one in your front closet from last week’s party. Shoot, did you leave yours at the back of the bus?...

#373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack Nov14

#373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack

Also known as the M&M Encore. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Subscribe to my newsletter to receive articles on intentional living — The post #373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#374 Laughter at a funeral Nov13

#374 Laughter at a funeral

We’re all going down. People, it’s sad but it’s true: nothing’s gonna stop your big final drop. So live it up now, live it up large, because at the end of the day you aren’t really in charge. Look, we’re not spinning, gninnips, spinning on this wet rock for...

#375 Realizing someone has the exact same birthday as you Nov12

#375 Realizing someone has the exact same birthday as you

Finding out someone shares a birthday with you feels like stars aligning, hearts criss-crossing, and lives twisting and tangling together. If they share your actual year it’s even more special because you grew up sharing moments and memories and histories and horoscopes, too. Libra to...

#376 Realizing you still remember all the words to that song you haven’t heard in years Nov11

#376 Realizing you still remember all the words to that song you haven’t heard in years

Your brain is a machine. Yes, that soft and squishy lump is bursting with colors and pictures and people and places and smells and sights and sounds. Your brain knows things it hasn’t even told you yet. Sometimes it surprises you with forgotten flickers, crystal-clear connections, or...

#377 Taking off your pants Nov08

#377 Taking off your pants

Cavemen didn’t wear jeans. Nope, hiding from mammoths, bashing saber-tooth skulls, and setting up the cave was tough enough without furry leg-warmers chafing their hairy thighs. And, it wasn’t just them either: Free-legs living was The Thing To Do for the past hundred thousand years until...

#378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down Nov07

#378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down

Hit the gas, baby. You’re free. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Facebook — The post #378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#379 Horrible school photo trends Nov06

#379 Horrible school photo trends

Everybody’s got a classic. Buried in the basement, brass-framed in the family room, you’ve got a dusty 8×10 gem of a bad school photo featuring a bad school photo trend: • That laser background. Remember when the studio hired an acid junkie to paint that pink and blue laser...

#380 Lying on someone’s chest and hearing their heartbeat Nov05

#380 Lying on someone’s chest and hearing their heartbeat

While lying on the grass, lazing on the couch, or relaxing in some crumpled sheets, you sometimes just fall into the moment with someone you love. After the conversation dies down and the background noise fades away you smile silently and melt into an arms-and-legs embrace. Gaze into their...

#381 Somehow actually finishing a bar of soap Nov04

#381 Somehow actually finishing a bar of soap

Scrub those suds, baby. Work that hard square down to a soft-cornered bar. Work that soft-cornered bar down to smooth oval. Work that smooth oval down to a thin bar with deep creases. Work that thin bar with deep creases down to a jagged soap icicle. And then make a big decision: 1. Toss the...

#382 Catching up to that car that just whizzed past you at the next red light Nov01

#382 Catching up to that car that just whizzed past you at the next red light

Wind whips through the windows, trees sway slowly outside, and music beats through the car stereo as we cruise calmly down empty streets on a long drive home. Then suddenly blurs flash in our mirrors and zoom past us in an engine-roaring rush, disappearing into tiny red dots over distant...

#383 The Moon Oct31

#383 The Moon

Everyone loves the sun. Plants, light, tanlines, we get it, we get it. But, you know what? Today’s the day to give props to that other big guy floating up in the sky. Yes, we say the Moon’s worth respecting for a few big reasons: 1. Lights up the night. Sure, the moon isn’t...

#384 Those intense post-Halloween candy trades Oct30

#384 Those intense post-Halloween candy trades

You came, you dressed up, you conquered. Now you’re walking around with bloodshot eyes and a gumball headache as you pack Princess costumes into boxes, peel decorations off the door, and get ready for the important business of sorting through your loot. Now it’s time to focus....

#385 That one house on your street that gets the most into Halloween Oct29

#385 That one house on your street that gets the most into Halloween

Level 0. Real cobwebs, one pumpkin lying on the porch that isn’t carved, lollipops in a popcorn bowl. Level 1. Fake stringy cobwebs across the front door, carved jack-o-lantern lying on the porch, plastic Halloween-themed sign on the door, mini candy bars handed out of a giant plastic...

#386 Double spacing your essay and fattening up the margins so it takes up way more pages Oct28

#386 Double spacing your essay and fattening up the margins so it takes up way more pages

Congratulations! You just doubled the size of your essay in about three seconds. You get an A for AWESOME! — Check out my new book You Are Awesome — The post #386 Double spacing your essay and fattening up the margins so it takes up way more pages appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#387 When you think you’re all out of clean underwear but suddenly find one more pair Oct25

#387 When you think you’re all out of clean underwear but suddenly find one more pair

Admit it. You’ve done the sniff test. Sure, while shuffling through a mish-mashed drawer of balled up sweatsocks and stained undershirts a few minutes ago you started panicking when you thought there was nothing left. Soon your mind started racing into Plan B’s and C’s: 1....

#388 When a stranger jumps in to laugh at a joke between you and a friend Oct24

#388 When a stranger jumps in to laugh at a joke between you and a friend

Suddenly your private one-liner is granted objective joke-telling credibility. Way to hold court in the bank lineup, crack up the ladies behind the sandwich counter, or leave the old guys at the urinals in stitches. Way to walk in here and get everybody laughing. Way to walk in here and get...

#389 Making it all the way through the revolving door without having to push Oct23

#389 Making it all the way through the revolving door without having to push

My friend Matt went on a rant over the weekend. “Do you realize how dangerous revolving doors are?” he began, with big popping eyes, concerned eyebrows, and a thick foamstache on his upper lip from the cappuccino he was sipping. “I mean, I’m surprised they’re actually left unguarded...

#390 Being treated like a little king Oct22

#390 Being treated like a little king

Wake me up. Take off my pyjamas. Put a shirt on me. Pull up my pants. Do up my zipper. Tie my shoes. Make me breakfast. Wash my hands. Put me in the car seat. Buckle me up. Blow my nose. Turn on the TV. Change the video. Change the video. Change the video. Take me to the store. Buy me a toy....

#391 When your parents bring you back a gift from their trip Oct21

#391 When your parents bring you back a gift from their trip

It’s a tiny paper-wrapped bar of soap, mesh bag of gold coin chocolates, Teddy Bear dressed as a Buckingham Palace guard, little foam shoe shiner thing, clicky-pen with a conference logo printed on it, mini bottle of maple syrup, matches from a really good restaurant, bedroom door...

#392 Catching the ice cream truck as it drives down the street Oct18

#392 Catching the ice cream truck as it drives down the street

Candy doesn’t deliver. Since Emperor Nero sent slaves into the mountains for ice to mix with honey and nuts two thousand years ago, we’ve all enjoyed cooling off with big bowls of the sweet and icy treat. Yup, Arabs started adding milk to the mixture a thousand years later, the...

#393 When you’re finally big enough to ride in the front seat of the car Oct17

#393 When you’re finally big enough to ride in the front seat of the car

You waited a long time. Cruising backwards in your baby seat, strapped into your toddler chair, sharing the bench with your little brother on those long drives downtown, you spent years putting up with child locks, bad views, and barf bags. So when you finally get to ride in the front seat you...

#394 When your dad looks under your bed and finds no monsters Oct16

#394 When your dad looks under your bed and finds no monsters

There’s something in the dark. Floors creak and doors squeak as furnaces click and ticking clocks tick. Fridges hum and oven burners pop as garage doors close and footsteps flip flop. Sometimes it sounds like there’s a monster hiding deep in the darkness of your room. Blind and...

#395 When your taxi driver knows all the secret routes Oct15

#395 When your taxi driver knows all the secret routes

Bouncing beltless in the backseat you’re zooming down dark streets, slick roads, and slippery lanes. Doesn’t matter if you’re cabbing back from cards, hitting the downtown bars hard, or flying home for a quick recharge. Nope, the only thing that matters is if your cabbie...

#396 When the hold music is actually surprisingly good Oct14

#396 When the hold music is actually surprisingly good

When I was in high school my friend Chad worked at a big-box electronics store down by the lake. He’d put on a shirt, tie, and giant clown-faced grin before selling bubble jet printers and floppy disks on Friday nights. Since the rest of us were hopeless layabouts we’d aimlessly...

#397 Burning your fingers while peeling off the first freshly baked cookie from the oven Oct11

#397 Burning your fingers while peeling off the first freshly baked cookie from the oven

It burns. Chocolate chips drip down your fingertips as that softly-crumbling cookie melts into a hot puddle of steamy goodness in the middle of your mouth. Gasp for air, pop your eyes, and suck in some cool breaths as you try to chew without touching that red-hot cookie lava. Part of what...

#398 Going to a movie on your own Oct10

#398 Going to a movie on your own

It happened by accident the first time. Years ago I was staying after school but had late-night plans to meet friends at a downtown movie theater. I was going to catch a lift with my parents, watch the latest Bruce Willis blow-em-up, and then squeeze into my friend Mike’s rusty Saturn...

#399 Discovering a new shortcut on your drive home Oct09

#399 Discovering a new shortcut on your drive home

Move over, Marco Polo. Columbus, Clark, and Cortes, you got nothing, either. Sure, maybe you sailed over choppy waves, fought with cannibals, and documented distant lands. Maybe you traded silk with kings, discovered precious stones, and toppled terrible empires. Maybe you even found new...

#400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling Oct08

#400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling

It’s like rolling a strike for your feet. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my podcast 3 Books with Neil Pasricha — The post #400 Putting your own shoes back on after bowling appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#401 The sound of dry crispy leaves blowing across an empty parking lot Oct07

#401 The sound of dry crispy leaves blowing across an empty parking lot

Orange skies burn as winds whisper for your chilly walk home. The sun dips down in the distance and dogs bark behind backyard fences as your hair blows wildly in the cool and crisp breeze. You squint into the wind and stuff your hands in your thin pockets as you sniff up that smoky sweet smell...