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Neil Pasricha: What do you do to make your life awesome?

Join me here May 3, noon-1pm Eastern time, to talk live about what we do to make our lives awesome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

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    Mar 1 2012: Hi again Neil:>)
    I don't have to "make" my life awesome. I simply notice the awesomeness all around me. There is SO much to be grateful for that we sometimes fail to recognize and acknowledge....simple things that are sometimes taken for granted.

    Washing dishes means I have food to eat...doing laundry means I have cloths to put on my the house means I HAVE a house...getting out of bed in the morning means I CAN get out of bed...connecting here on TED means I have a computer, which provides the opportunity to connect with the world...I'm sitting here drinking a warm, delicious cup of coffee, with my home warmed with wood, friends have provided for me....these are all gifts that many people in our world do not have...we can go on.....and on.....and on......if we want's a choice to observe the awesomeness in our lives......or not:>)
    • Jul 25 2012: Please be my mom!
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        Jul 25 2012: Dear Paul,
        That is SO sweet! I would be truly honored to be your TED mom:>)
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      Jul 25 2012: Colleen, Great answer. I have great concerns for people who try to "MAKE" their lives awsome. The core of that is "ME". The final result of that is, look at me I am awsome.

      Sounds like Neil is asking TED to write a book in his name so he can become awsome. Now there is an idea worth spreading. LOL
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        Jul 25 2012: Hi Robert,
        Good point from usual!

        Recognizing an awsome life, can indeed lead to the concept of "I am awesome".....or not:>) In my perception, it depends on how we use the information.

        For me, a very big part of recognizing "awesome" in my life, is to be grateful for all that I have. We see lots of conversations right here on TED, where folks are searching for happiness, contentment, passion, life path, etc. etc.

        Sometimes (all the time in my humble perception), all it takes is recognizing what we DO have in our lives, and that serves as a catalyst for the next step.

        One thing that is awesome today, is that I started out the day with a lovely message from Paul Ashton (above), which totally touched my heart:>) Then I went for a lovely bike ride with my the lake....AWESOME day:>) Now I get to connect with you my friend Bob.....more awesome!!!
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      May 3 2011: Nafissa, I have just made it an Official Neil Policy (ONP) to listen to all people with 100+ TEDCred.
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          May 3 2011: Nafissa, now that you said this I must listen.
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          May 3 2011: Neil, you are flirting with her. Nafissa, you're in danger!
        • May 3 2011: I have a +5 mace and a shield of infinite invulnerability... and I'm a level 26 stegosaurus.
        • Jan 14 2012: Could it B b-cause U have 200+ ? (only joke)
      • Jan 16 2012: Just enjoying the little things in life.
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    May 3 2011: Not mine but,

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
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      May 3 2011: I like that one a LOT dude:>)
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        May 4 2011: Sorry but no one knows who originated that Quote.

        But I love your quote also!
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        May 5 2011: The connection between those two quotes is powerful.
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        May 5 2011: Kathy, thanks for bringing this up! I just had a pow-wow with my mum whose unusually bad mood brought on one of my tempers. I shall just go give her a hug.
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    Jun 24 2011: LOVE makes life awesome. Love being given and shared generously: making other people laugh, bringing them joy, helping them, filling their needs, listening to their hearts, relying on them, sharing deep feelings and thoughts, taking risks by getting out of the box in the way you express love, making sure that you loose face instead of keeping your ground. It is true attention, devotion and appreciation for who they are. It is seeing the beauty and supporting the true heart of the other person. It is closeness, togetherness, cooperation, serviceful-ness and care.

    EGO destroys love and life. It makes you be self-protective, afraid to express love, thinking about how you are going to look. It will push you to think bad thoughts and do the things that are hurtful, blame others and be ashamed. It is concerned about what you are going to get and what you age going to lose. If you allow yourself to love, it will think what benefits you will reap from loving someone. It makes you overly attached, reactive, prideful, insecure, distrusting, defensive, offensive, greedy, lazy, closed-minded and closed-hearted.

    Given the above, what makes life awesome is embracing love and getting rid of ego. There is no other way to be truly happy. All the other ways to deal with boredom, lack of energy, depression, dissatisfaction and unfulfillment are bound to fail. They are designed by ego and its desire to get what it selfishly wants. It is not the way. A person gets involved in various therapies trying to avoid pain or indulges in various forms of consumption in the pursuit of pleasure, but it is just making things worse. Within, the heart is still aching. Without loving and being loved, it will never be satisfied.
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      Jul 1 2011: Hello there Eva, Love indeed conquers all but as we look at the world today, the power of love seems to be the forgotten solution. Is it because many people does not know what true love is?

      We have to the power to be amazing within our own lives but wouldn't it more amazing if apply our amazing powers to right our world and make it an amazing global home? http://Bit.Ly/KeyPower
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        Jul 5 2011: Hi Joe!

        Nice to see your post. Usually people don't respond to the words about love and ego. It probably is to intimidating to them.

        I think you are right. Most of the people don't have enough discernment about what is of love and what is of ego, AND they have a lot of ideas about love. They mistake love with smiley face, and consoling collusion that says "it is all good" about the ego in the other. They associate love with hurt, not seeing clearly enough that it was ego which was hurtful in their relationships. Love would not do harm to their heart. Love would care for the true heart and soul of the other, that can live only in truth.

        Nowadays the noble teaching "Love thy neighbor as thyself" got replaced with "You have to love yourself first". Every sane person would feel offended by someone putting "loving oneself" before loving YOU. "Loving oneself first" doesn't have anything to do with real love. It is an idea that keeps people from loving for real.

        The second paragraph of your post I cannot relate to. It sounds like a slogan for a political campaign, designed just to advertise your blog.

        I looked into your blog though, and I liked that you wish to be a friend to everyone. I am up for that. I would be a friend to you, if you wish. Just write me an email, and we can talk more.
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          Jul 6 2011: Dear friend Eva! the link is my description of what real love is and it is the premise of my blog that love is the key in transforming our world, similar to what you noted that love makes our life awesome. I do wish to discuss the concept of ego as the reason for our weaknesses, hence the reason also for making our life unamzing. How would you relate it in my description of real love? (If you wish or if you have a long answer, you can send me your reply on my email in my blog)
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        Jul 9 2011: Hi Joe!
        I read your blog. I appreciate your good intentions there. And I wrote you a response with what I think needs revision.
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      Mar 1 2012: Beautiful Eva, your text deserves a fancy frame to be read by everybody that has a question about why the world is as it is and what can be done about this.
  • May 3 2011: I make hats for Chemo patients. The conversations we have about life, love, death and living in the moment make my life awesome.
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      May 3 2011: Elina that is totally awesome! My mom is a cancer survivor. Those little things, such as a handmade cozy hat, can make all the difference-thank you for your awesome!
      • May 4 2011: I'm so grateful and lucky I get to do this every day. The people I've met and worked with have changed how I look at life.
    • May 3 2011: I think giving your time so generously is awesome.
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      May 5 2011: Wow! That's something else...the little things we never think about...
  • Feb 5 2013: I learn everything I can. Not just school, which I am in often, but life. I am a firefighter and paramedic, but I am also a soapmaker. I catch alligators and I make gyotaku prints. I laugh with my children and I defend the helpless. I plant a garden and I hunt game. I listen to Metallica and I lose myself in Vivaldi. I learn, not just skills or formulas, I learn emotion. I live through my senses. I seek inspiration. I welcome awe. I try to be human and am eternally grateful for the opportunity.
  • May 3 2011: Awesome = waking up at 4am in New Zealand because you can't sleep and finding an AWESOME Ted talk which just happens to have a link to an active conversation on the other side of the world about awesome things in many peoples' lives!

    Hence being reminded why you just bought a plane ticket to Canada yesterday and reaffirming that you did the right thing and it's going to be an awesome tour. (It was worries about whether I did the right thing buying the ticket that woke me up in the first place).
    Ah, time to go back to sleep then. Thanks Neil, from Christchurch, New Zealand :)
    PS this is my first post ever on TED
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      May 3 2011: Thanks, Toni! Hope the recovery efforts are going well. I was lucky enough to visit New Zealand years ago and I must say you live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Props to the boiling mud of Rotorua.
  • May 3 2011: "Assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now!” I think if one figures out how to do that. That would totally make their life Awesome!
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      May 3 2011: Need less... I am striving for that and still find it that I have way more than I need.
      • May 3 2011: Good Luck! Its a beautiful realization to know that your happiness is not dependent on anything else but YOU.
        • May 3 2011: That's a good discovery. Here in Austin we have a "zero waste" policy. I like to apply that to my things. I'd rather have someone using the stuff that is just collecting dust rather than holding on to the items for possible use. The more a person puts back into the stream of use the more you see come your way. It's the basic principle of sharing. Knowing that is pretty awesome
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      May 3 2011: A friend of mine once told me he can put everything he has in a suitcase, minus the guitar. It sparked in me that notion, its quite interesting trying to achieve it.
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        May 3 2011: I made an experiment last month, decided not to reuse any piece of clothing until my closet was empty (underwear aside, of course). I lasted 3 weeks and still the closet was not completely empty!! We women have the closet full of "I have nothing to wear". I decided to stop that.
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    May 3 2011: I like to sing to my cat. It makes his day and mine way more awesome. Sometimes he even joins me
    • May 3 2011: Singing is Awesome!
      • May 3 2011: Agreed. Especially in the shower when the acoustics make you sound that much better.
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          May 3 2011: It is hereby concluded that singing in the shower with your cat is awesome.

          Wait, what? :)
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    May 7 2011: Its been about a month doing meditation on regular basis and it works quite well. :)
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      May 9 2011: Its so wonderful to be able to finish meditation every single day. It looks very simple but its the most difficult thing in the world.

      I wish I can say that I finish my meditation every day. but when I do I feel like on cloud nine....
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      May 30 2011: i'm doing meditation for 8 years now, half an hour a day. it is indiscrible awsome, no words. "you open your mouth, it is allready a mistake"
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      Jun 30 2011: I agree. I meditate and do Pranayama for 20minutes every day, have been doing for the past 6 years. You feel so light like air. You feel a gentleness in your step and it is an awesome feeling!
      • Jul 9 2011: I'd be interested in hearing more of this. Any recommended resources, sites etc?
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      Nov 8 2011: Hahn, you official win the "Most Labels Under Their Name" award. Congratulations!
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    May 3 2011: Totally engage in each and every moment.
    This moment has never been before, and will never "be" again.
    It is the most important moment:>)

    "The winds of grace are blowing all the time. It is up to us to raise our sails"
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      May 3 2011: Beautiful, Colleen. Thanks for sharing.
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        May 3 2011: Sharing is one of the GREATEST pleasures in every awesome moment:>)
  • May 3 2011: Life is awesome when you realize that happiness is a choice and all you have to do is to make that choice. It's that simple.. 
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    May 4 2011: Make a difference in someone's life, add a smile, wipe a tear, make someone feel special, make that day special for someone.....there are a million ways to spread the smiles around....its a small step that begins to make the world a happier place to be in...and you can always begin today, now.
    I think when i have made that difference in another person's life i would consider that day awesome for me.
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      May 5 2011: Someone has very rightly said "A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is at home"
      How blessed we are that we can smile & get rid of tension for some time. Smile and laughter are the precious gifts the more you give , more you get.. I have these in billions and planning to give to all 4+ billions souls.....on our planet earth... cheers!! :-) :-))
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        May 5 2011: BEAUTIFUL! Smiles are beneficial for the giver and reciever:>)
        As the song says...
        "Spread sunshine all over the place....just put on a happy face":>) :>) :>)
  • May 3 2011: I AM awesome.
  • May 3 2011: I read to kids at the library on Saturday mornings, take long walks outside just to remind myself that the sky is still there, and find ways to surround myself with interesting and happy people. :)
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    May 3 2011: The question should be... what do you do to make your life sustainably awesome....
    • May 3 2011: That's a really good question!
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      May 3 2011: Hmm, good thought, Jose! What do you say?
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      May 3 2011: For me its enjoying the little rhythms in life. During the week that means enjoying seeing the sun in the morning, a little walk to work, plopping down on the couch in front of the TV, cooking dinner, a baseball game (which has all the awesome rhythms of patient contemplation and instant thrill in itself), and crawling in to bed. Along with really appreciating the people you see everyday - I think that'll get you there.
    • May 3 2011: "what do you do to make your life sustainably awesome.... " Change the way you look at each event. Say you have a car accident. You can get annoyed and angry at yourself or you can go "Well, what did i learn from this? At least no-one was hurt. And bonus - I've helped the economy by providing work for the tow truck driver, the medhanic, the panel-beater and the insurance adjuster."
      Ok maybe that's a little over the top but hopefully you get what I mean. It's all about how you choose to see the event and respond to it.
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      May 3 2011: I move from awesome thing to awesome thing. If I stay on one too much, I know I'll get too much, but if I step away, I know it'll be there when I come back.
  • May 3 2011: I recently had a conversation with my dad about how the word "awesome" has lost the meaning it used to have. It used to mean "full of awe" but lately is used to describe anything cool.

    What do you think about this "cheapening" of the word?

    Are you guilty of this?
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      May 3 2011: Great question Brock!
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        May 3 2011: Hey Brock!

        It's so funny -- there was just a big article about this up in Canada last week:

        For me, words are what you make 'em. At the end of our short, fragile, delicate lives I know we'll probably smile and look back at the high highs of our lives -- father-daughter dances at weddings, healthy baby screeches in the delivery room, and wide eyes on graduation stages.

        But! And here's the but! That will maybe add up to like what -- 5, 10 days total?

        I think there's a LOT more awesome than that.

        I say awesome includes wearing warm underwear from out of the dryer, waking up before your alarm clock and realizing there's an hour left to sleep, and fixing electronics by smacking them.
        • May 3 2011: Maybe it's ok to use "awesome" for everything if you sit back and realize how truly awesome everything is
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    May 3 2011: Hey everyone! Sitting with Will and Corvida at TED HQ in New York right now. To kick us off, what do YOU do to make your life awesome?!

    A few from The Book of (Even More) Awesome to kick us off -- stepping on crunchy sidewalk leaves, letting the gas pump stop perfectly on a round number, and giving hugs to people who didn't know they were in a hug relationship with me.
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      May 3 2011: Getting on the tube in London playing air guitar to Red Hot Chili Peppers
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        May 3 2011: I once played air guitar in the long, long, long cue to the migration services when visiting the USA. So much fun
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        May 3 2011: I play the air drums and sing off key in my car most mornings.
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      May 3 2011: Serving as a reading buddy to K-9 students who live with medical challenges.
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      May 3 2011: Coffee, which grounds my life by being there every day.
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        May 3 2011: Oh, yeah, coffee!
      • May 3 2011: Terrible puns for me.

      • May 7 2011: Did you hear about the man who sued for divorce because his wife made terrible coffee? The judge asked to sample the coffee for himself.. Afterwords, he decided that the husband had provided grounds for divorce and granted his request. Note: Will create puns on demand.
    • May 3 2011: I dedicate as much time as i can to my daughter, and in return she makes my life awesome
      • May 3 2011: Yes, yes, yes. Unexpectedly I have ended up homeschooling my daughter for the last 2 years of her high schooling. It has turned out to be such a gift. We know each other so much better.
    • May 3 2011: I sing, and encourage the people around me to do the same. It does wonders for a person!
      • May 3 2011: Yeah, and what about whistling? You don't hear much whistlng these days. Too bad - it's a sign of a happy person
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          May 3 2011: I wish I could whistle! I've been trying to for years but haven't quite gotten the grasp of it, haha :)
        • May 3 2011: Whistling is awesome indeed. What about songs that have whistling in them? "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
      • May 3 2011: There's bound to be some instructional DVDs for this - you know...Teach yourself to Whistle; Whistling the Blues; Whistling the Beatles....
  • Jan 1 2013: My life has become more awesome since I discovered TED. There's so much negativity in the world that can consume us and leave one feeling hopeless, which is why I stopped watching news programs, but these conferences are evidence that there are real people from all backgrounds and socio-economic classes that are making a difference whether they started out with a lot or little. So on my journey, I try to recognize and journal the awesomeness I see in others & the world that surrounds me. I also teach ESL to adults in a foreign country and I use TED talks as a regular tool in the students learning process. It's a great way to spread awesome ideas, encourage innovative and positive thinking and of course learn English.
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      Jan 2 2013: Yes, Jessica, there is great power and leverage in a constructive attitude.
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    Dec 21 2012: I stopped reading newspapers in the morning and started watching TED talks instead. It's a small change to make life more awesome :)
  • Jan 12 2012: I live in the present moment,right now,this instant.I allow myself to feel love when it is offered. Not to hang on to the past nor the future.Life is what you make it. I feel it's very important to keep your mind, heart, and eyes open. Give freely, Give all the time, and most of all give from your heart. Always love,love and love some more!!
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    Jul 13 2011: Pulling back the flap on a tent after what sounded like a night-long rainstorm, only to find a brilliant, sunny morning.
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    Jun 24 2011: As my children jumps in joy in front of me I feel awesome.
    As my friends , colleagues, neighbours extend their compassionate hand I feel awsome.
    As I hear birds singing, flowers blooming , breeze passing through bushes making wonderful music I feel awesome.
    As I see people from one part of the globe crying for the misery of other part whom they never knew and will never meet , I feel awesome.
    As I read a great poetry or a piece literary work I feel awesome.
    Life is really awesome if one want to make it so, there are plenty of reasons around ..... just need to look for.... nothing comes automatically to make one's life awesome.
  • May 19 2011: It’s important to be happy in order to make your life awesome. I have always felt awesome in my life, cause I take things positively. People ask me this a lot of time, that "We think god loves you way more than us" but the fact is when you look at things positively, people tend to come closer to you then if you have negative attitude. A key to success is positive attitude. For example, once my little cousin tried to throw a big stone on the road, and without realising how heavy it was he threw it and it landed on my leg giving me 15 stiches on my leg. My mom started crying and cussing, while I told her that thank god it was just 15 stiches, what if I had to cut the whole leg. She started smiling and said yes "Thank god". Another thing to feel awesome is to accept and digest your own mistakes. When you learn to digest your own mistakes, you tend to make improvement in yourself. The key to digest and accept your mistake is to "Listen". The key to feeling awesome is to have positive attitude and accept and digest your own mistake by listening and make improvement in yourself.
  • May 4 2011: embracing the unpredictable
  • May 3 2011: Staying optimistic makes my life awesome. I am proud to say, I have been accused of being too hopeful. I am so glad that my faith shines through ! I want the best for everyone and for me! I believe that my hope keeps me alive and going and I will hold on to it forever !
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      May 3 2011: CHARLOTTE, I LOVE IT:>)
      I too have been accused of being a "Pollyanna" , "living in a fantasy world", and "not facing reality" because I am optimistic and "too hopeful". I think it is a choice, and I'm going to hold on to it matter what anyone says:>) I'm with ya!!!
  • May 3 2011: I want to talk about what I would like to do to make my life awesome in the future.

    # I want to make the people around me happy, so that they can reflect that back to me.
    # I want to think about an idea, and become so consumed by that every day I want to work on it to make it happen.
    # I want to write a list of things that I want to do with my life and then focus on doing and achieving them.
    # I want to learn to speak German, so I dont feel so ignorant when I visit new places.
    # I want to wake up in the morning, clap my hands together and say, Today, is going to be a great day - Dicky Fox, Jerry Maguire
    # I want to watch, listen to, read or create something each day that motivates and inspires me.
    # I want to eliminate negativity from my life. - Ric Elias, Ted Talks
    # I want to go out of my way to help someone once each week. On a Friday. - Danny Walace, Join Me

    That is all.
  • May 3 2011: 3 words: take it easy.
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    May 3 2011: I "throw my hat over the fence" which means agreeing to take on something challenging even though it scares me inside, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, because then I have to go get it. I live with passion and never forget how fortunate I am.

    I'm a MegaHero Social Innovator and I make a difference in my own small way for the good in life for all. Join Me Join Us
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      May 6 2011: This resonates with me. I like 'throw my hat over the fence', then I gotta go get it.
  • May 3 2011: I listen to New Yorker Short Story Pod casts with my son while walking even though we are not in the same city and then, while still walking, phone each other to talk about the story and commentsgiven by the reader and editor.
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    May 3 2011: Never loose the inner child, never stop amazement, never get tired of ourselves!
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    May 3 2011: Hey everyone,

    Wow! This has been pretty awesome! We started this TED Conversation at 12pm EST May 3, 2011 and the record for comments so far was something like 150. YOU BLEW EVERYONE AWAY! I'm writing this at 1:30pm EST after we extended it three times and so far we've got around 300 comments!

    We just had a chat about extending this chat by an hour, or a day, or even a week -- because of how great it's going. But what we JUST DECIDED HERE was to extend this to December 31, 2016. Because we're gonna want the awesome running till then! This is now the Official Longest TED Conversation Ever!


    Chat, relax, exchange, read, anything. I'll log back in and chime back -- but, as always, the beauty of this conversation is that people are sharing so much and responding to each other.

    Thank you all so much for letting me chat with you today. Special thanks to all the great TED folks who made this possible. I appreciate all the kind words on the 3 A's of Awesome TED Talk and The Book of (Even More) Awesome.

    Stay awesome everybody,

  • May 3 2011: Every time the timer approaches 5 minutes, it jumps back up to 15. Awesome!
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      May 3 2011: We're getting such great comments and replies going that Neil has agreed to an extend time for the question (several times in fact).

      And yes, that is pretty awesome! Thanks Neil :D
  • May 3 2011: I create.
    I recognize that I have choice in the life that I create. When I feel stuck, I bring myself into a state of presence, where I feel a connection to All, and gently remind myself - choice.

    This is how I make my life awesome, every moment of every day.
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      May 3 2011: That is such an empowering actualization, makes it quite scary at times too. Moment by moment is best for me when I'm running and I don't know where I'm going.
  • May 3 2011: I send postcards to friends far away. Snail mail.
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      May 3 2011: I studied abroad last year in Nancy, France. I collected over 100 postcards, but only sent just one. Now, I want to send some from here, and its troublesome trying to find them. There's something really awesome about getting postcards, we all should do it more!
  • May 3 2011: I try to laugh and smile in the face of the absurdity and adversity that consumes all of us, knowing that in the end all that matters is your love for people and the kindness you bestow upon them. When that doesn't work, I just take a nap.
  • May 3 2011: Things that are awesome:
    1) Forgiving
    2) Flowers in the crack of a pavement
    3) Being put in timeout by 3 year old daughter
    4) My husband
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    May 3 2011: Instead of writing romantic love tales, I live them. I also remind my self and say out loud or internal, "I'm Alive." It's always a good reminder.
  • May 3 2011: I am a professional procrastinator, so rarely act on bringing awesomeness into my life, I wait for it to come to me. It seems to me the lazier I am the more awesomeness I see, even if it's just a pretty leaf on a tree.
  • May 3 2011: For most of us, everything we do outside of work hours are fun and make us feel good. But I think one's "happiness quotient" would be higher if their 9 to 5's would make them feel more awesome. Little side projects with colleagues where you get to do what you really want to, group activities, even having a quick after-lunch walk would make you feel better during work.
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      May 3 2011: Yeah, totally Ann. For me there's three super positive things about work -- and, as you may have guessed, they all start with the same letter. This time it's S!



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    May 3 2011: a letter and a family picture I got from my mom and a painting from my friends before coming to the US give me that sense of being home. And that is AWESOME
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    May 3 2011: I grew up in poverty stricken environment in Burma and through twists of fate, ended up as a refugee in US. Just as life was going great, I lost a 12 year old niece I love to suicide a few years go, and couldn't feel any joy of aliveness for a few months. Slowly it came back. Life is great!

    Almost everything makes me feel grateful to be alive and feel awesome: having eye sight to see beauty of the world makes me grateful, ears to hear the beautiful music and languages of the world, having my legs to walk around, run or skip, having my arms to hug people that I love. Being able to witness generosity of people living in some of the poorest places in the world makes me feel awesome. Witnessing the unconditional love that mothers have for their children no matter what language they speak or how much money they have makes me feel grateful. Walking amidst the old growth forests reminds me of how fortunate I am.

    Even if I am only alive for only one day as a human being to witness beauty of this incredible planet, I am grateful.
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    May 3 2011: I'm always amazed at how the little things give that 'Awesome' feeling.

    The other Friday, I was getting off the G train in Brooklyn right at the peak of evening commute and as we were exiting the conductor came on the PA to 'wish everyone a great weekend, and see you on Monday!' with as much sincerity as a publicly-funded speaker system can carry. I've never seen so many smiles in a NYC subway train (ever), and nearly all said a genuine thank you on the way past his window. It seems so small reflecting on it now, but it left me with a warm, buoyant feeling that lasted. Awesome.
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      May 6 2011: That's great, Will! Surprise politeness is an awesome thing. Like that two-year old who has amazing manners. Or the really friendly border guard.
  • May 3 2011: Part of my business plan is to take part of each day to find something inspirational. It can be a video or a quote or just a news story, but it has to make me stop and think for a few seconds. It's a nice little vacation from the hum drum day, but it also helps keep me fresh.
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      May 3 2011: Hey, that's a fantastic idea Rob.

      Here's one of my favorite quotes for you -- it's from one of my old teacher's wives on the side of a Starbucks cup:
    • May 3 2011: Not sure if you are using it already, but i recomend you stumble upon addon for web browsers. Just like you, I also like to search and find things that will inspire me(and my friends when i share it) and stumble provides me with more then enought of those vids, quotes and storiest.
    • May 3 2011: Good idea, Rob - I'm gonna start doing that.
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    May 3 2011: To make my LIFE AWESOME: I LEARN. I learn, I learn more. I help. I smile. I work out. I observe. I watch kids. I talk to my mom. I watch my nephew grow up. I sit by the bay in silence, adoring the Boston skyline. :)
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      May 3 2011: Love it, Vishwa! I love Boston too. You just made me hungry for crab cakes and a chocolate chip cookie from Paradise Bakery.
  • May 3 2011: I watch TED daily.
  • May 3 2011: I smoke weed everyday.
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      May 3 2011: My publicist says I cannot respond to Olivia.
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      May 3 2011: However I can, my publicist is me! Nothing is harmful in and of itself. It is a matter of usage that makes substance so. All things in moderation, and more power to you Olivia.
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    Jun 27 2014: its really good and helpful Question, in order to get your life awesome i thing it's depend on how we see our life and Overcome difficulties and not to stop or remorse. and we must be thankful of Luxury life that we had. awesomeness in our soul and minds if we just stop for a moment and thinks deeply to know that awesomeness or happiness it not related to what we do it's actually of what we think. there is few things that can make life awesome ( Charity , Help people who do not even must know, reading books , smiling , faith in your self , change your habits )
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      Jun 27 2014: Many good points Ali!
      It depends on how we see our life....our perception of the life experience....gratitude....stop for a moment and think deeply....know is not related to what we do, but rather HOW we do what we do....with mindful awareness.....or not....smiling....yes.....with our whole self:>)
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    Jun 17 2014: i will chase my dream, cause whether i attain it or not, but i will be satisfied with that journey.
  • Dec 4 2013: I think happiness has to be in ourselves, not outside. If we have our own happiness, it can not be wounded by anything.
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    Nov 30 2013: I enjoy the simple things.
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    Jul 9 2013: I choose that it will be so. Happiness, is a choice. I hug my cat as often as I can. I talk to people who inspire me and walk away from those who don't. I hang out with hawkers and street vendors - they know so much! I don't read the newspaper of watch the news. I love the little things - the flowers and the birds and the laughter of children. And I am a cynical sow but I do realy love it
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    Jun 18 2013: Hi Neil,

    Are you aware that you have the ONLY open-ended Conversation on all of TED!?

    And you haven't made a comment since December 12, 2012...

    So, can I have your three remaining years for one of my Conversations if you're not going to use it?
  • Nov 1 2012: I wake up grateful that I have another day to experience. I try to see everything as an adventure, even the small things in my life. I've learned to have challenges, not problems. I ride my bike along the ocean path every chance I get and have realized that it is a different ride every time I do it because it seems like I see new and different things each time, I have learned to always carry my camera because of this so later I can look back at all the amazing things I have seen. I volunteer at a local thrift store where what we do helps the youth of our community and where I get to meet some awesome local folks I might not have met if I didn't do this. I try to watch the sunset while walking on the beach every chance I get, because it is a great way to say goodnight to the Universe and like snowflakes no two sunsets are alike. I fill everyday with music because music set my mood and fill my soul. I smile & laugh as much as I can in hopes that my smile & laughter becomes contagious and everyone catches it. I dress in colors, bright wonderful colors even if it's only hanging from my ears or hidden under a warm jacket, I know the colors are there. The most important thing I ever did though was after my last marriage ended, I decided to fall in love again and chose as my lover, life. I fell in love with life, it was the best choice I have ever made, and has to this point been an awesome love affair. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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    Oct 17 2012: I live for three things and if i could spend most of my life focusing on these three things that would be a awesome life i think. I live for 'LOVE, FREEDOM and KNOWLEDGE'. When I'm facing any choices just ask myself ' is it good for love, freedom or chasing knowledge?' Then it's easy to make choice or insist on it. What makes me feel love, freedom or getting knowledge? Traveling and live in a fresh life, thinking and sharing with ppl, reading etc. Ofc TED TALK. That's why I'm here =]
  • Oct 12 2012: Get inspired by people who truly experienced awesomeness.
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    Sep 8 2012: Good talk. To make life awesome you live it to benefit all humankind, so that when you die you leave a tangible legacy within human society. This is done by helping people, ALOT of people, it can take you on journeys far and wide, to every imaginable destination, language, culture and people.

    Striving for human unity towards global governance, and the solution of global issues. That's how to be truly awesome!
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      Sep 8 2012: "To make life awesome you live it to benefit all humankind, so that when you die you leave a tangible legacy within human society. This is done by helping people, ALOT of people"

      This is a creed to live by.
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      Sep 9 2012: Hi Levi and Fritzie!

      That is a very awesome way to live. =)

      Just one thing that I recalled and wanted to share, but completely not trying to be offensive, though it is just funny.

      Enjoy! =)
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        Sep 9 2012: I don't see the word ALOT very often, Derek, but I am sure now when i do that I will recall that delightful image. It resembles my dog.
  • Feb 15 2012: I quiet myself and think of how blessed I am. I play the gratitude game every afternoon with my young daughters and we each pick out 3 beautiful things we've noticed before breakfast each day. My 8 year old is noticing her baby sisters laugh, the effort Mommmy put into packing her lunch, and that her sister shared wtih her. All expressions of beauty, but ones we often miss.
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    Jul 9 2011: Love!!! "All you need is love!"
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    Jul 8 2011: anyone can make life awesome easily by knowing the purpose of life. why we are here nd after all this scrapin strugglin fornicatinjumpin up n down n we ol die afta dat?
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    Jul 7 2011: I spread more Good Signs worldwide every day and that not only enriches my life but the lives of others. Would you like to help? Im new here :)
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    Jul 5 2011: One thing is certain. There is a lot of "Awesome" out there and all of you are proof!
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    Jun 24 2011: What's awesome for me is to see my students 'get it'; to move from non-understanding to understanding and to see that paradigmatic shift in their knowledge base as a result as well as the resultant increase in self-confidence and self-admiration that I see in their faces and their bearing.
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    Jun 20 2011: I am meeting up with my "benchmates" in school, whom I haven't met after 1988, 23 long years!!!! I cannot hide my excitement. I think it is awesome we are meeting soon.
  • May 19 2011: Follow my heart, speak out my mind; have great laugh; spend time with friends; smile to strangers and spend time with small kids, read a great book; listen to music; drive my bike real fast to feel the wind in my face; get pumped up when exercising.

    I think anything genuine, not pretentious makes life awesome and that for me is everyday
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    May 19 2011: Living awesome life is the question of feeling inner satisfaction and comfort! Sometimes dear person beside you is all you need to feel the depth of life )) But in other moments I need smth more - like travelling to another country and meeting new people ))) it depends, like everything in this biiiig biiig world!

    This is the list of things that are irreplacable:
    * my favourite job where all my coworkers are funny and they can't live a min without joking and bla bla :)))))) sometimes i feel i'm not having a workday but seating in front rows of comedy show
    *my pupils that are little kids and there's nothing better than listening to their excuses why they haven't read this or that. at such moments THEY are real actors, they are living through their roles. If I had an Oscar they would be my winners :))))
    *reading!! I can't live a day without reading even several pages of a book. By the way the last book that impressed me was MAGUS by John Fowles.
    .... to be contined :)
  • May 19 2011: Every morning, I do something that uses all 5 of my senses to remind me of how appreciative I am of them.

    On a given day, I would:
    1) sight- look at facebook pictures, read news online
    2) smell- make breakfast
    3) hear- listen to music in medium volume, listen to news
    4) taste- eat my breakfast (typically garlic fried rice, eggs, and spam- I'm Filipino)
    5) touch- stretch my muscles before a swim

    These remind me how awesome it is to use my body to take in the most that the world offers.
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    May 16 2011: What do I do to make my life awesome? I take classes @ Chicago Botanic Gardens; I read books on whatever topics interest me, lately Buddhism; I'm learning how to do 3D garden design; stay connected with family & friends, wherever they may be. Most importantly, I try to keep an open mind, be aware, practice compassion & empathy and learn, learn, learn. I try to tread lightly and not leave footprints.
    This is an awesome experiment. It will be interesting to follow this thread to its conclusion!
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    May 10 2011: My new personal "Awesome Things":

    1) Receiving a standing ovation on your first day back to school or work
    2) Falling asleep to your favorite song
    3) Putting on headphones and isolating yourself from the world
    4) Celebrating your favorite actor's/actress' birthday (Audrey Hepburn's last Wednesday!)
    5) Making up with a friend after a long argument
    6) Conquering a health problem, whether it be a common cold or cancer
    7) Your first step out of the airport to your destination
    8) Exploring a new city
    9) Being forgiven
    10) The day that just tells you "Summer is here!"
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    May 9 2011: Hi Neil, I was truly moved by your story. fingers crossed for all your ongoing steps, too! Awesome thing in my daily life: My morning starts with prayer, at 5:00am. I realized early bird catches the warm AND enjoys the stillness of dawn.

    P.S. I don't forget to wash my face before I pray, so that I could be more awakened from sleep. (cuz I sometimes fall into sleep while I'm praying..xD)
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    May 8 2011: Sleeping until you feel rested
    A standing ovation after a speech or performance
    Watching the sun set on the ocean
    Hearing the heartbeat of someone else by your side

    oh and going from a dead stop to 60 MPH in a Convertible is a pretty awesome feeling too.
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    May 7 2011: Thank you, Neil. Tang and mac n' cheese with hot dogs were a huge part of my latchkey diet- for sure! Your 3 A's of Awesome video is a hit in my family. Thanks for sharing.
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    May 7 2011: My life is more because of;

    Art and learning to create my own. The process is important.

    Music to carry me to joy and movement and rhythmn.

    Trees and the wind, the sun, the smell of green,the crack of twig underfoot.

    Discovering Turgenev and being able to become the writer's words and world.
  • May 7 2011: make funny faces in the mirror, sing in the shower, dance with random people, and express my creativity through art :)
  • May 7 2011: Reading makes my life awesome...finding words knitted together that carry with them a feeling of awe, wonder and Wow!

    poetry - "And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils" --William Wordsworth (I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud).

    books - "Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see."
    — Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
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    May 5 2011: I listen and I let it be
    I smile and stay me
    I cook and let the fragrance tease
    I surrender my ego and appease
    I ask for forgiveness when I've been a pain
    I run into the wind and let it caress my face
    I jump, I prance, I dance in the rain
    I tap my feet to an awesome beat
    I start painting which, in a day, I complete
    I shoot touching moments - a toothless smile
    a gurgling baby, a pretty blossom...
    These are only some things I do
    To keep my life happy, fulfilled, awesome.
  • May 5 2011: It is awesome to play with kids. They are so much fun!
    I enjoy my family and friends, whether at party, camping or skiing.
    I am happy to teach kids science or about life in general. They are so eager to learn.
    I feel good when helping others around the world by giving to charities and sponsoring a child.
    I am excited to hear about scientific discoveries and learn about people making difference in the world.
    I love to watch TED conference or TED speech makes life awesome. People are amazing and it feels good to see the positives (not only bad news) in this world.
    Any sport esp. team sport makes life awesome and enjoyable.
  • May 4 2011: I'm happiest when I see I made someone happy...when I buy something for my mom...whether she asked or not... when I hear my students say thanks a lot...we passed..we really appreciate.....This what makes me do my best whenever and wherever I can to make people happy as well as me.
  • May 4 2011: I feel happy when I feel I have a direction in life. Feeling you are in the right path. The hardest thing to do I think. You get to know who you really are for that. You should have a great passion for something. A dream.. and when a dream come true with a wholeheart, everything sing to you.

    A fruitful, creative life with lots of love, sharing and joy.
    If you do what you love, you never fail.. you never think of falling or rising, you are just what you are in great joy...
    thank you all..:)
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    May 4 2011: Attempt to focus the beam of your attention back at You. Even if it doesn't work, the effort alone leads you to find everything awesome and worth looking for. "Planet Hunting" is a lovely but distant second. ; )
  • May 4 2011: Think positive. Have ice cream!
  • May 4 2011: I jam out to music. - my daughter
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    May 4 2011: My Dad used to say : You are only as tall as your shadow.

    Didn't understand for the longest time, now I kind of get it ... and I do say it to my kids!
    • May 4 2011: :) so will I do if you don't clarify
  • May 4 2011: For me it is firstly all about people. They make my life awesome. Good and effective communication gives me a thrill. I wake up each day looking forward to my interaction with the people in my environment - family, friends and colleagues - but my pleasure comes not from finding these people but from nurturing a relationship with them and watching it grow over the years. Food and people combined = awesome. It is one of the most universal ways to make life awesome. Good food and good company cannot be beat.
  • May 3 2011: A rather prophetic song:

    We starve, look at one another, short of breath
    Walking proudly in our winter coats
    Wearing smells from laboratories
    Facing a dying nation of moving paper fantasy
    Listening for the new told lies
    With supreme visions of lonely tunes

    Somewhere, inside something there is a rush of
    Greatness, who knows what stands in front of
    Our lives, I fashion my future on films in space
    Silence tells me secretly
  • May 3 2011: I find the act of learning pretty damn awesome. So far I have become pretty proficient (and often professional) at pure maths, playing guitar, singing, anatomy and physiology, dance (ballet and contemporary), aesthetics, travelling to foreign places and learning how people live, Pilates, writing and editing (magazines and newspapers), ukelele, juggling, Iyengar yoga, meditation, t'ai chi, shorthand; and, to a lesser degree, anthropology, physics, general philosophy and politics. My current projects are teaching myself to play piano (managed to buy one for £20!) and training in improvised comedy. At 34, I don't think I'm doing too badly!

    And, though I fear it may be frowned upon, I feel compelled to point this one out: sex with a person you love and respect has got to be pretty high on this list, hasn't it?
  • May 3 2011: Happiness is for me connecting with people, laughter , sunny warm days, talking to my wonderful daughter, reading an awesome book or seeing a great movie, fabulous and stimulating conversation, serving others, beautiful scenery, singing and hearing happy fun musicI am also passionate about education and was passionate about my job working with WEst Moberly First Nations in NE British Columbia

    I have hired a fitness coach to get more fit this is absolutely harrowing but when I get results I will be happy.
  • May 3 2011: What was your favorite thing that you put on your 1000awesomethings website? The thing that made feel that most in awe of.

    Bet your publicist will love me asking this question, but I'm genuinely interested.
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    May 3 2011: If I take a step, the world as I know it is left behind.
    If I turn around, I can never move forward.
    If I stay in place, I still die just as fast.

    If I run ahead, who knows where I might end up!
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    May 3 2011: I be me.
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    May 3 2011: - creating a random celebration of an event you just invented
    - dressing up just for the sake of dressing up
    - setting a longterm goal and then building the bricks piece by piece
    - being in a new country and asking "why" unashamed
    - coming back to your country and keeping on asking "why"
  • May 3 2011: Think!
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    May 3 2011: The first Kiss.

    and your TED talk
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    May 3 2011: Top 5:
    - wild waves specially when I'm in it (I try to be on it with a surf but it's not so easy ;o)
    - passion of people doing great things for them en other (that's why I love TED)
    - art
    - flower in the city (and especially in the crack of a pavement ;o)
    - making people laugh
  • May 3 2011: I come to to find some awesome whenever I need a pick-me-up. It's so easy to forget how inspiring the world can be when you're surrounded by poverty and ignorance.
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    Su Pyun

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    May 3 2011: Celebrating your inner superhero. I have a Wonder Woman mug on my desk to remind me that I can do anything.

    Now if only I had the lasso of truth and invisible plane ;-)
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    May 3 2011: Sometimes I skip, skip, skip to my lou, my darlin'.
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    May 3 2011: awesome:
    -singing and dancing to music when walking over a bridge
    -watching my cat run around like crazy for no apparent reason.
    -getting a call from an old friend.
    -telling your friends and family that you love them, and meaning it.
    -lazy mornings in bed with coffee.
  • May 3 2011: "We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. . . In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."
    -Richard Dawkins
  • May 3 2011: oh i forgot to add.
    my life is awesome when i makes macro photographies and i see those small parts of insects bodies or flowers.
    Do you enjoy photography too ?
  • May 3 2011: I travel.
  • May 3 2011: I teach kids on Sundays, and just being around them feels awesome.
    I think it's the little 'SOME'things' we do everyday that make life AWESOME.
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    May 3 2011: Music! is one of life's most amazing gifts.

    Learning! is amazing - we have an unprecedented opportunity to see and learn what no other generation in human history has.

    Connection! Being able to connect with, laugh with, and learn from people across the globe is truly awesome.

    We are all extremely lucky to be alive in this day and age.
  • May 3 2011: I write my life through my journal.
    or simply eating chocolate dipped strawberry.
    I discover who I am little by little everyday.
    I learn as much as I can from everything in life or about myself.
    I write a letter to my soulmate, handwriting one.
    I read a book.
    I travel.
    I risk.
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      May 3 2011: Beautiful, Susie. I like "I risk." I also like "I Risk", which involves several more late night hours in the basement defending Siam.
  • May 3 2011: Things that are Awesome...
    Being able to chat face-to-face over skype with my best friends who live in other parts of the world.
    Coming home from grocery shopping to find my daughter has cleaned the kitchen.
    Meeting cousins for the first time after 42 years.
    Holding a newborn baby.
    Having my dog cuddle up next to me on a cold night.
    Picking wild strawberries from my own yard.
  • May 3 2011: I have been searching for the source of wisdom and art of living and the pain that I have found the right answer. I have learned a lot and read, come in contact with wonderful manic as one means or another was the messenger. Today more than ever, I feel alive. Life is a great game plan now for me where I have many games to play with joy and hope.
  • May 3 2011: Getting mail from my penpal is awesome!
  • May 3 2011: To make my life awesome: I share it. I share the things that make me feel joyous. I fully pursue the things that make me happy and I use them as tools to build community. Art is a big passion of mine and I just recently was able to work as an assistant to a master. Learning from her was amazing and awesome. I also share my skills in workshops (where I often find I learn from those I'm teaching) and help others recognize their creative spark. Sharing, following my passion, learning and creating make my life awesome. ...and being grateful. Thank you for reminding me of the things that are awesome!
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      May 3 2011: Sounds like you've found some very awesome energy, Lenell! Love that you're channeling it all!
      • May 3 2011: ...and sometimes it is just having my little dog curl up at the back of my knees. He's pretty awesome too.
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    May 3 2011: Another thing for me is seeing a kid with a serious developmental disorder light up because he is coming to play at my office. Specially with my Harry Potter Lego castle.
  • May 3 2011: Stop judging and unplug from whatever it is I am doing or thinking, I imagine myself being pulled up from where I am located and rise to the top of the room, to the top of the building, in the sky, above the atmosphere, above the earth, above the galaxy, to the top of the universe, then observe and savour the moment and check out life from a new perspective and vantage point. Does wonders.
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    May 3 2011: My 3 A's:
    - Finding solutions to problems for which I didn't had a solution before
    - Helping random people (typically on the Internet, but sometimes in my work too)
    - err... I'm having a hard time coming up with a third one... let's say "Looking out for this 3rd thing that will be making my life even more awesome", LOL.
    • May 3 2011: ^ is that a Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon? Awesome!
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        May 3 2011: Close enough (finally someone who knows)...

        I wish I could've said "Summoning my Blue-Eyes White Dragon on the field" as my 3rd A, but I know only 2 other people who have decks... one who I haven't seen in a long time, the other which hasn't brought his deck in the few times we meet, despite my semi-regular pleas.
        • May 3 2011: Close enough? Oh, I's been a while
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          May 3 2011: I would say Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragons are awesome. Can we give it a name starting with A? Maybe Arthur.
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        May 3 2011: Blue-Eyes Awesome Dragon? Hehe...

        I don't like to name fictional creatures... creates needless false attachments... I think my dragon Abywd would agree with me (need I say how I came up with the name?) :-P
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    May 3 2011: I do good things for people. When I know I did something good for somebody, then I feel life is awesome :).
  • May 3 2011: sing(scream) a song that i just made up (soprano-style) with lyrics that make no sense
    singing-along with friends at a concert
    hang out with my few real friends and make them (and myself) laugh laugh and laugh
    having a random short chat with a stranger at a bar
    joyful family dinner
  • May 3 2011: Here's why my life is awesome:

    I was born with a congenital heart defect and had 4 open-heart surgeries by the time I was 12. The awesome thing about that is that when I was born, the survival rate for my condition was about 2% post surgery. Though, within 4 years doctors had developed a way to fix my defect with a 80% + survival rate. I had my first surgery when I was 4.

    From being born with this defect, I learned what most people don't learn until late in their life, or if ever - that life is finite and you might as well enjoy it while you can. Because of this I truly have an awesome life. I've achieved things people thought I never would, but I always dreamed I would.

    I then learned that all the challenges that I had to overcome to achieve my dreams could be inspirational to others so I too started a website to help people. I learned that I was going bald around the age of 25 so I started shaving my head. I then learned that my friends and others seriously struggled with hair loss, so I decided to create a website to help men deal with it. Since starting it in 2006 I have been able to help thousands of people a month.

    Everyday I look for and learn of ways to make life more awesome! This even became easier once I got married and we had our daughter.
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      May 6 2011: Wow, Tyler, that's incredible.

      Also -- um -- for the hair loss help. Who would my friend talk to about that?? I personally have a massively gigantically shaggy head of flowing locks! Kidding. But seriously, I'd love to see the site.
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    May 3 2011: With the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to go ahead and say it, Neil...your talk changed my life. Seriously. Especially the part about being authentic. It made me realize how much time I wasted not being true to myself. Now, instead of trying to fit into others' confining niches, I've carved out my own and am soooooooo much happier for it. Since listening to your presentation, I've also begun embracing the tiny things that make life worth living - eating a new flavor of delicious ice cream, stepping into my house right before a torrential downpour hits, hearing a particularly corny joke - with that childlike sense of wonderment you talked about. THANK YOU so much for doing to me what years of self-help articles could not. Keep being AWESOME :-)
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      May 6 2011: Wow, thanks Divya. I'm flattered. I have a feeling you did all the hard work though. Stay you and stray true.
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    May 3 2011: What are everyone's favourite posts from

    I'm discovering so many things to be impressed with.
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    May 3 2011: Hey Neil, my first experience with TED talks was with The Three A's of Being Awesome :) I'm definitely hooked! So, my life has always been pretty freekin' awesome because I have two amazing children, a kind and compassionate boyfriend whom I am very attracted to, and a very eclectic family who support me through absolute despair and desolation--for these things I am doubly blessed; a thousand times more than I deserve. But, we live in a material world...and that blows chunks for my way of thinking, so I haven't gotten along to well in my first 27 years in that aspect. Well, today I had hit the pavement in search of gainful employment, and I was two moments away from committing a cardinal sin: selling my soul and working for Satan (Wal-Mart). Instead of walking into my interview (12 minutes early as I intended to), I grabbed my t-shirt and flip.flops out of my passenger seat, changed clothes, and went to my favorite (locally owned and eco-friendly) art supply store to sink my last $100.00 into fabric dye, needles, thread, and a hand-operated silk-screening press :) I am a kaliedoscopic tye.dye guru, who plans on starting a Social Justice-themed T-shirt company called Ethereal Designs. I don't want a crappy job, so I'm making one up that I adore.. Oh, I also picked up an application for my local newspaper, but I don't think I'll be needing it! It may take a few months...hell, years....but my life is about to get SUPER_FREEKIN_AWESOME! Peace and Joy to you Neil!! Keep on spreading the Love
    • May 3 2011: Now that is awesome! Best of luck in your endeavors. Sounds like you have a great team of support as well.
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    May 3 2011: To make my life awesome, I hold the awesome moments tight. I remember what they feel like and what I was doing when I felt it. Then, I go out and find more of those experiences. It's kind of like eating your favorite food and feeling that "awesomeness" that comes with it- that's the feeling. I have used this formula for choosing my career path and it helped me find something I love to do. aware of these moments (they happen everyday), hold'em tight, get more of these experiences= formula for passion.

    Imagine having a job where just about everything you do feels awesome. Go get it guys. : )
  • May 3 2011: To make my life awesome I left my job and followed my partner to Italia for three years. Some days it seems like a less than awesome decision until I focus on all the good things we have got out of it. I try always to look for the positive in each situation. Changing the way you look at a situation changes the way you fel about it.
    Neil I enjoyed your talk on TED and I enjoy following you on Twitter. Thanks for the little positives each day.
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    May 3 2011: I keep it simple: no harm in general. I try to see the world as a child would: everything is surprisingly awesome. Back to the adult life, learning from every single moment, and seeing the brightside of it is just awesome. Not that I never get angry, tho! ;)
  • May 3 2011: I drink water from tictac box after i ate it :D did it as kid and it made me feel awesome :)
  • May 3 2011: I make an effort to have real, authentic relationships with people. There's nothing better :)
    • May 3 2011: I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Thanks to all my techy gear I can connect with a lot of people everyday but I'm wondering how deep my relationships are. Do you step away from technology or use it to focus on real relationships?
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        May 6 2011: That's a great question, Sarah. Maybe we all go through phases. For example, I had a Facebook account for five years -- then maybe two years ago I deleted it. I haven't really felt a loss in friendships that I value. Everyone likely has their own way to look at it though. I know if I moved to a far off place or was in a new city or school where I needed to connect with old friends, I'd hope back on the e-train right away.
  • May 3 2011: I am one of those people who enjoy the little things in life. I'm excited when I'm the next person in line to order my coffee. The cashiers always think I'm nuts. "Well aren't we excited!" they say, sarcastically. I reply, "Well, I super excited because I get to enjoy your delicious coffee to today!" Big smile! Why? Because it's true. I'm excited to have coffee. I have the money to have a delicious fresh brewed cup while outside a man is sitting begging for change. The thing is shit happens. Money comes and goes. People die. Life can be rough. I choose to enjoy the a warm breeze blowing through my hair and the smell of eucalyptus and the sea because it's there and get to be lucky enough to experience it. Thank you for your encouraging talk. Your words are definitely ones to live by.
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      May 3 2011: I work in a public library, and one of the biggest joys is interacting with our patrons. There is an elderly gentleman who, when I ask, "How are you?" always responds with an enthusiastic, "I'm upright and breathing!" I love his attitude and he always makes my day.
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        May 6 2011: Megan and Pat, I love it! What a great answer from him. It's so true -- our lives are so massively short, delicate, and fragile. Appreciating the ability to breathe and see is a beautiful thing. That's sort of the heart of the message in The Book of (Even More) Awesome, really. At least I hope it is!
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    May 3 2011: I have a friend who is a poverty activist. Years ago she said to me, "every time I have a shower with clean, hot water on demand I feel rich". My privilege and entitlement as a Canadian makes my life awesome every day. My question is, what do we do every day to make the rest of the world awesome?
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      May 6 2011: Hey P B! That's a great question. I think the answer is very personal to everyone, depending on their goals, experiences, abilities. What do you guys think?
  • May 3 2011: Hi Neil, your talk was awesome. I re-watched it from time to time ;)
    Can I ask you where and when will you have another inspirational speech about happiness and awesome life?
  • May 3 2011: You know what's awesome? This thread! Talking about what is awesome, is awesome itself!
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    May 3 2011: Awesomeness:
    When you keep posting hoping that 'Neil Pasricha' replies and he does!
  • May 3 2011: I love taking the scenic route home through winding tree-lined streets. The trees change every day, every season.

    I thought they would never be more beautiful than the colours of the fall, but then I got to see the blooms of the spring and couldn't believe it. And then the fresh greens the next week were gorgeous. And the week after that, they repainted the yellow lines in the middle of the road and made everything pop. The trees are different every day. It never gets old.
  • May 3 2011: I just love this quotation and this makes my life probably something I really am proud of.
    "The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up! :)"
  • May 3 2011: I think that surrounding yourself with awesome people!! Everybody can be awesome if they want to so it is just giving people the opportunity to show you that.
  • May 3 2011: Hanging out with my 11 year old nephew, he has this way of saying the word awesome that makes me smile. He is still at an age that allows him to revel in the awesomeness of everything. He brings me back to childlike wonder, rather than the numbness that comes with age and being a bit jaded.
    • May 3 2011: Kids aren't used to the world enough that they don't notice how awesome EVERYTHING is!
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    May 3 2011: My next AWESOME adventure involves swimming from England to France. September 2011 raising money for disaster relief. Would you like to sponsor me Neil? :)
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    May 3 2011: Hi Neil,

    I loved your TED talk. It's been very inspiring for me as I've started to take more control of my life and how I choose to live it. With this new outlook on life, I've been skydiving ( AMAZING ), bungee jumping ( JUST AS COOL ), learned to ride a motorcycle ( A lifetime goal ) and more. I've been seeking out new experiences whenever I can. This July I will be doing the Running of the Bulls in Spain.

    I'm wondering if it is just a phase or if it is a new lifestyle. To your point, I REALLY love the idea of just finding the joy in the smaller things in life.

    What are some things you'd still like to achieve in life and how has your life changed since your TED talk?

    Thanks Neil! Keep inspiring :)
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      May 3 2011: Thanks Ryan!

      For me I know it's mostly about writing down one awesome thing every single day. I said on that I wanted to do it for 1000 straight weekdays. It's been three years and I've got a year left.

      Just knowing or trying or thinking about little awesome things ... in my opinion just... sort of makes them appear.
  • May 3 2011: Sometimes it feel forced, thinking of the positive when there are so many negatives going around. What do you do to keep it real while appreciating the awesome--or trying to?
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      May 3 2011: I totally hear you, Diana. I say it's not about pushing through the darkness -- just let it be dark sometimes. I think it's more about remembering there's awesome things at the end.
  • May 3 2011: I am committed to fully focused time with my 4 year old daughter (even though it can sometimes be exhausting). Those experiences are so rich, ebullient, funny and in-the-moment. She is a fantastic teacher in that regard. A little zen master.
  • May 3 2011: Dancing tango argentino with a pretty or sympatic woman makes me very happy. It is so easy with this to umbrace eachother on this way, having deep feelings for maybe 4 times three minutes and then leave eachother - hopefully - with a smile.
  • May 3 2011: I'm really glad to learn about your book! I run a website to help men deal with going bald and move on with their life. I'm always looking for new books and guides to share with them and this will be one that I share for sure!
  • May 3 2011: an ATHLETE. That is how I make my life awesome. At 42 I easily could pass for early thirties and am in better shape than women half my age. I am not bragging, it is just a fact of what vigorous exercise and atheltic competion can do for anyone!
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    May 3 2011: Hi Neil, i like your 3A's in Awesome presentation. It was "Awesome." and why can't we like our own comments in this talk? that would be awesome too. :)
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      May 6 2011: Ha ha, that WOULD be awesome. Thanks for the comments, Kevin. Self-commenting love.
  • May 3 2011: One bit of awesomeness for me today: I'm going to go vote in my state's primary. During the 2008 election I worked with 3 colleagues who grew up in communist countries and were voting for the first time. Discussions we had made me appreciate even more how awesome it is living in a democracy, what an honor it is to be able to vote, despite the flaws of politicians and the all too common ugliness of political rhetoric.
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    May 3 2011: I should probably write a book and surprisingly no one's asked me how I achieved an awesome life. :) Let's see, moved to the country in a beautiful home away from the big city, working remote IT contracts from my home or anywhere in the world in my PJ's, paid off my mortgage and car, large savings, study and teach guitar online, take my dog for a walk and naps during the day...
  • May 3 2011: I never thought of making my life awesome at a daily level. (I haven't seen your TED talk, yet.) I like to enjoy serendipitous moments that occur every day: Sunday I saw ladybugs (red and orange) at the beach; Monday I tried to enjoy the very hot weather (and I hate hot weather).
  • May 3 2011: Drive my car listening to musica and if the song isn't finished when I arrive, stay in the car playing air druming while it finishes.
    Remembering people's names and wave at them to get a smile back.
    Having good lunch made by me.
  • May 3 2011: One of the things that makes my life awesome is when I make the opportunity to help others. It always brings so much joy and I believe that my life has been blessed because of it. The more I help others the more "awesomeness" that is brought to my life.
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      May 3 2011: Love it, Tyler. Dude, if you were parked outside of TED HQ right now I'd totally go fill up your parking meter.
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    May 3 2011: Broaden the depth of my experiences and interactions. I am a freshman at a large state university - 30,000 + students. There is so much culture, sport and so forth that I know I have yet to be exposed to, and will definitely try. One of my friends noted on his Twitter that he does things he hates because they sit next to the things we love. My interpretation lies in the (fact or opinion I'm not sure) fact that we usually dislike what we're not good at.

    Aside from this, I have a list of things to do before I die*, and a few long term goals. Every day, I am working towards them. I practice Islam faithfully, and I keep an open mind and do my best to gain as much knowledge as I can. Learning alone can make life awesome; especially when a different POV enlightens oneself.

    Those are a few ways. Another way is by helping others do what they aspire to do, or helping those in need. A girl I know, more of a friend, is saving money every week off of the paychecks she receives into a special bank account she made specifically for building an orphanage in Egypt. I don't know how much she has, but I heard the details, and the look in her eyes and the passion she holds for it tells me she's going to get it done. Doing something for others in this sense is, well, beautiful.
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      May 3 2011: Wow. Beautiful, Sherif. Thanks for sharing!
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      May 3 2011: Doing things you hate is a great way to overcome feelings of trepidation. Like most people, public speaking was always a nightmare. I knew it was something that needed conquering, so I did something relatively harmless: I pushed myself to get up and read at a poetry open mic night. It was hard. I survived. Speaking has gotten easier since then.

      And I agree - your friend's effort and passion toward building an orphanage is beautiful. She will benefit from this as much as the children she does this for.
  • May 3 2011: I love Philosophy to make my life awesome.
  • May 3 2011: It might seem a small thing but I look for something everyday that makes me smile even if that is making someone else's day better.
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    May 3 2011: at work (teaching artist in public schools) I make sure I respond with wonder and awe. I've had to acquire that response in dealing with other people-- seems simple, but the moment can pass you by. And, there's much awesomeness to be found in serendipity-- I am working on an article (for a local daily) about responding with awe when i saw a tweet about this convo!
  • May 3 2011: Question for you - how do you come up with a new awesome thing each day? Do you have a list or do you get suggestions? What's your process for finding the awesome?
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      May 3 2011: Hey Sarah!

      Ha ha, good question. When I started writing I made a list of every awesome thing I could think of... and I think I had like 15 written down. "Finding money in your coat pocket", "Fat baseball players" (they give us hope!), and "Getting grass stains when you're out running around."

      I guess after focusing on writing one awesome thing a day though... they just kept coming. I have a stack of old bus transfers, receipts, and little pieces of paper sitting by my desk full of suggestions. And I was just telling the TED guys here that I thought of "Taking your makeup off" earlier today... when I got off the Today Show set and had to wipe off about twelve layers of paint.
      • May 3 2011: Ah right, you're that guy. I really enjoyed your ted talk.
        Its really not clear from the topic title who you actually are.

        I think your idea for the website is inspired.
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      May 3 2011: Sarah,
      I don't feel like I have to "come up with a new awesome thing each day". There are so many things that are right in front of sky, sun, mountains, rivers, flowers, friends...and the list goes on and on. Maybe the thing that's important is to see all the beauty around us every day.

      Maybe the fact that at my age, I can get out of bed and walk each morning is awesome!!! LOL:>)
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    Jun 23 2014: Live in the present moment and don't think too much where you shouldn't.
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    Jun 20 2014: I let everything that happens, just happen when I think it's right. When things don't happen naturally, I feel like I'm disrupting a natural occurrence. However, if there is something happening that I believe is wrong, I will not just sit back and let it unfold right before me. Everything that I have done in my life and all of the choices I have made make me who I am today and I don't want to change that. So, to simply answer your question, I go with the flow, but never lose myself.
  • Jun 14 2014: maybe i have had an experienced story about what i had done to make my life to be more awesome. I could brief it in some words. When i was twenty, i used to do somethings i wanted. For instance, i dropped out my university after i had been a student in the best university in my country Vietnam, that's because i was very dissapointed about its educational system. Next to, i joined and studied some courses which supplied me to make the cosmetics by myself. Of course, after this courses, i could make perfume, lipsticks and some products for hair and skin to sell, i also earned much money from this work, about 10 million vnd per month that was the big amount of money in my country. However, that's the time i recognised that i should come back to my university to learn more and all knowledge in university could improve my experienced and my feeling which could help me to be ready to deal with my life in an easier way than to make cosmetics and sell them. After all, after 2 years dropping out my school, i could understand and have deep soul about my life and the value wealthy i had.
  • Jun 13 2014: I would like to talk with you :)
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    Jun 11 2014: I help at least one person everyday by any means. It makes me feel very very good.
  • Apr 15 2014: i want to learn English and improve ma speaking
  • Apr 15 2014: hi
  • Sep 17 2013: I make my life awesome by scaring myself. Whether pushing myself on harder climbs for rock climbing or surfing when the waves look to big for my ability level, I find that when I push myself and get myself in scary situations, it puts life in perspective; I have to be completely in that moment. It helps me know my limits and leaves me proud for trying and sometimes succeeding at something that I wasn't comfortable with.
  • Aug 23 2013: Moving to New Zealand and starting helping surfers and travellers have fantstic adventures here. I try hard to remember how lucky I am every day :)
  • Oct 12 2012: For some time now I have been trying to encourage everyone's, what I call, 'investing in your awesome'. When I came across your TED Talk I was so happy to see someone else out there conveying essentially the same message. Mine comes inspired from the work of Spinoza, but essentially awesome is this for me and what I try to spread:

    Awesome is a word that we casually throw around, however it is intended with the use of to be in AWE of. So, what is the most AWE-inspiring thing i can think of in all this wonderful world of amazing awe-inspiring things?
    You, me, and our consciousness, or conscious experience.
    The fact that we can reflect on all things awful and awesome.
    To realize that we all have this really special gift and each one of us holds that gift uniquely.
    In light of this we need to realize that we all have something to give and that will be unique to each person. We should try to promote each others awesome and our own. To promote awesome is to promote happiness, as is investing in it.
    The sum of this rant comes down to recognizing and promoting happiness, knowledge, tolerance and flourishing.
    I could go on and on but there is not enough time.
    Here's a link to a letter concerning awesome:
    I just want to be awesome and I want it for others as well!
  • Sep 8 2012: Impressive talk but not sure whether Neil had gone through enough trauma, sadness and depression I had gone through. Its easier to preach than to feel.
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    Jul 25 2012: When in the middle of the stress of that fine mess I got myself into again, I stop and look around me. To notice that the sky is just as blue as before, that I am breathing, that I have family and friends. Then, I laugh out loud, forget what I was doing and stride into a new world that looks strangely familiar.
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    Jul 8 2012: I make my life more awesome by sculpting it that way. My job is my calling and I know I make a big difference every day in helping to heal pain and bring hope and happiness where there was little or none before. I am also giving to the community by teaching a free class on the basics of positive psychology. In my "spare time", I connect with friends often and spend quality time with my wife. I play a lot and treat myself very well. I have also found ways to take much of the sting out of the things I don't like to do (by adding music, audio books or rewards). Recently I found a way to do "paperwork" via audio, so I am free to walk (exercise) in the sunshine (providing vitamin D) and even do my part to keep the environment clean as I do so. Near my office is a relatively small patch of grass but I love to walk barefoot there while I am "working". Giving myself things to look forward to is a mandatory part of my Happiness diet. My life is truly awesome and I freely share that with others through Facebook and other forms of social media. I continue to be mindful of parts of my life that detract from my Happiness and either eliminate it or make a shift somehow to make it more pleasurable. Thank you, Neil for the opportunity to share.
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    Jun 29 2012: OH! How Cool! I never saw this thread before!

    I make life awesome by using my imagination! =)
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    Jun 12 2012: Hi Neil,
    The key to making life awesome is to always look for positive stuff in whatever one does , be it work , home,handling tense situations in relationships . To make my life even more awesome, I am engaging in wonderful TED conversations, watching TED talks , interacting online and offline with amazing people on TED . I must say TED seemed to change my perception about the world.

    TED is one such platform with awesome ideas . I definitely want to contribute as much as possible for the world community through TED. To be very honest , life is already awesome, of course, there are concerns(social, economic,environmental,political) but looking at the positive side, the amazing technology breakthroughs , innovation in various industries , entertainment doesn't get better than this . Sometimes though life is awesome , we just seem to forget those tiny yet awesome things we miss. We have only 1 life and it is up to us to make it awesome!!

    Thank you
  • May 26 2012: What makes my life awesome - a smile, birds in a tree, a flower, freshair, my grandbabies, daughter, sisters and parents, having use of my 5 senses to be able witness fully everything about everyday, being with friends, and being alone, being who I am!
  • Feb 15 2012: The past is awesome, the present is slightly more awesome, and the future is the most awesome. Agree or disagree?
  • Feb 15 2012: hi
  • Jan 24 2012: Breathe. Listen. Trust.
  • Jan 1 2012: Well, I look up stuff like this. I try to meet inspiring people to light the way. I try to truly LOOK and truly SEE and truly HEAR. I try to do less things, but with greater presence and commitment. Less stuff, more intensity.
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    Dec 28 2011: Whatever happens whether it is good or bad, it happens for the reason. In our regional language we say " jo hota hai acche ke liye hota hai" (whatever happens, it happens only for good). This helps me a lot to keep me look forward rather than stay back and think upon why it happened? Is it bad or good? I started to feel my life is awesome when I truly understood the meaning of this.
  • Dec 28 2011: Fighting against my self, my defects, trying improve everyday, enjoying ordinary things, fluent communicaion with friends, enjoy working, enjoy projects, living the present with perspectives, and so and so...
  • Dec 22 2011: We must perceive awesomeness to make it awesome. We should be positive thinkers and make everyday a fantasy, but...this is impossible. Perhaps, we should be realistic thinkers and just accept the basic compositions of daily hassles. No, that too is impossible. We should just be passionate, realistic, and curious thinkers that understand the basic compositions of daily hassles in order to achieve a perceived control, cope with stress, decrease the chances of becoming depress, and make ever single day of our lives have meaning. Then again, does meaning of events make them have the potential to be awesome or will be because that we give them those meanings that make them awesome?

    Honestly, I am not a expert in awesomeness, Neil Pasricha, what do you think?
  • Jul 9 2011: "Awesome" is the train journey to and from work.
    - looking out of the window and reminiscing on having made such a large yet invaluable step as emigrating to Australia
    - taking the time to consolidate my thoughts before and after the days inevitable chaos; and
    - smiling at some of the more "eccentric" individuals who bless my journey with their presence
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      Nov 8 2011: Hey Brad,
      I love "eccentric individuals", too! They really are the spice of life, aren't they? Congrats on the big move to Australia. How many people have asked if you've been to Aires Rock so far?
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    Jun 24 2011: "This conversation will close in 2017 days, 1 hours and 43 minutes, on December 31, 2016 at 12:00:00 PM."

    Ummmm......given the recent decision from TED admins to NOT have open-ended questions or threads...does THIS not qualify in almost every sense but the literal one as an open-ended discussion?
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      Jun 24 2011: Not necessarily Michael.

      As you know, the admins could have set the conversation to open-ended from the beginning. That was not a change, but a request by Neil in this cas, as a way to make this Live Chat more awesome. It was meant as a bit of a joke.
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      Jun 30 2011: Michael,
      Probably they believed in the MAYAN theory of Dec 21, 2012!!! ;-)
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        Nov 8 2011: Yeah, everyone, hope that's cool. When the chat was ending in TED HQ we were all feeling such a crazy buzz from the conversation that I asked if we could extend it, so that it would give me and others some inspiration when I logged back in. Reading all these great comments is doing that for me right now!
  • Jun 20 2011: My Life's Already awesome !!!! I Have My Mom,Dad,Sisters,Brothers And Friends Thats Enough For A Person's Life To Be Awesome!!!! Ask Those Who Dnt Have Any Of Them!!!!!
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    • May 7 2011: Read Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking" and spend sometime outdoors each day.
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    May 6 2011: To make life awesome? I go to work. BTW, I work in a youth centre where youth at risk come in to be involved in a variety of activities designed to help them overcome the barriers they face. Barriers ranging from a tough home life, to addictions, to trouble at school. I go to work everyday and find opportunities to make somebody's life better. That is awesome.
  • May 3 2011: Happiness is a state of mind, when you think in a positive manner and have a feeling that you have achieved your goals in life. Happy people generally are giving people; giving truly does bring the giver joy, if it's done with a real attitude of giving for the sake of giving. Happy people are also thankful for the things in their life, and for the people and relationships in their life. Nurture your special relationships with family and friends and think about dumping negative relationships that do nothing except bring you down. Remember smile no matter what!
  • May 3 2011: we should meditate and by that we will be in neutral position, so that we can make our all acitivities in a joyfull
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    May 3 2011: All the little things make our life awesome every day. Once a teacher told me that we have opportunities all around us, at every second, at every step. Learn from this opportunities is a gift for us, we have always something to be amazed. When I found that I can do whatever I want to do, I can go wherever I want to go and I can think, imagine and create everything I want I found truly hapiness, because I stop depending on 'standars'. I found that passing and afternoon with a friend drinking a good cup of coffee and watching a movie, listening to music or just sitting alone is equally awesom.
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    May 3 2011: I spent time with my son. He is awesome. He is 9 and knows about TED and he keeps asking me so many questions :) he is awesome :)
  • May 3 2011: Harvesting my very own home-grown tomato felt awesome.
  • May 3 2011: I feel awesome LIVING my life .. every single moments counts.
    I am the happiest when I had very little sleep, but got to do so much stuff!
    Bringing a smile on people's face - brightens them up and makes your life awesome!
  • May 3 2011: Also (they keep coming to me) - having picnic's on my front lawn with a beer.
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    May 3 2011: For some time now I have been trying to encourage everyone's, what I call, 'investing in your awesome'. When I came across your TED Talk I was so happy to see someone else out there conveying essentially the same message. Mine comes inspired from the work of Spinoza, but essentially awesome is this for me and what I try to spread:

    Awesome is a word that we casually throw around, however it is intended with the use of to be in AWE of. So, what is the most AWE-inspiring thing i can think of in all this wonderful world of amazing awe-inspiring things?
    You, me, and our consciousness, or conscious experience.
    The fact that we can reflect on all things awful and awesome.
    To realize that we all have this really special gift and each one of us holds that gift uniquely.
    In light of this we need to realize that we all have something to give and that will be unique to each person. We should try to promote each others awesome and our own. To promote awesome is to promote happiness, as is investing in it.
    The sum of this rant comes down to recognizing and promoting happiness, knowledge, tolerance and flourishing.
    I could go on and on but there is not enough time.
    Here's a link to a letter concerning awesome:
    I just want to be awesome and I want it for others as well!
  • May 3 2011: Gotta go...but, Neil - loved the TED presentation and then bought your book, which I'm enjoying immensely. It's...awesome!
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      May 3 2011: Thanks Gary! I've got some book tour dates on the side of my blog -- more coming soon -- so if we ever cross paths I'd love to say hi and sign it for you :)
  • May 3 2011: Life is awesome! And I am reminded every day in the little things... that beautiful tree, the way the clouds float by, how the breeze moves the leaves just so, the way cars know exactly what to do at stoplights.
    Sometimes I look at the things around us as if seeing them for the first time, the awe and wonder it would be if you were dropped on this planet from somewhere completely different. Why are the cars stopping at the stoplight, how do the clouds float by, look at that amazing tree!
    But we all have bad days, and on those days I remind myself to look at the little things again and imagine as if I had never seen them before.
  • May 3 2011: Smiling
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    May 3 2011: Awesomeness:
    You post a comment on youtube and it tops!
    You sing in you bathroom and your roommate criticizes and you find him singing the next day.
    A butterfly sat on your shoulder and then you stayed rock steady so it didn't fly away.
  • May 3 2011: And actually as cheezy as it sounds...Facebook. Because I get to share in the things other people are excited about like this talk and learn about fun stuff and things that make me smile ( i.e. Jessica's daily affirmation, and Kittens inspired by kittens and awesome MLK quotes)
  • May 3 2011: In the pursuit of awesomeness I have tried out different things - singing, writing, learning new things - but what has worked best for me is trying to keep things around me simple both at work and with family at home.
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    May 3 2011: Hi Neil,
    I enjoyed your TED talk. Thank you for sharing the knowledge and wisdom you've found. Your talk was very inspirational because you expressed such gratitude for everything that we have that I know I have taken for granted or had not realized the simple pleasures we have. It helped me to remember how great life is and that happiness is attainable by having an attitude of gratitude.
    In the everyday things that I do to make life awesome, I have found happiness in taking care of my mind and body. Continuous learing, reading, and feeding my soul with spiritual knowledge. I also enjoy going to the fitness center to excercise almost everyday, and that feels so good!

    Thanks again for being with us.
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    May 3 2011: Awesomeness:
    Placing and winning the bid at the last second on e-bay!
  • May 3 2011: Hi Neil.... such an inspiring talk, you don't have any idea how you have changed so many lives all around the world. Everything is spot on.. we're so busy lost in our negative thoughts that we forget..there's so much to live, that live itself is a miracle... live is simply awesome!! Thanks a billion and keep it up.. God Bless ;-)
  • May 3 2011: Arriving home and your dog bounds over to you, knocks you down and licks your face frantically. Welcome home - awesome!
  • May 3 2011: I practice Flow Arts, and have never before felt more in tune with life than now.
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    May 3 2011: How about this for AWESOME? I was born with only one arm. I remember the first time I noticed I was "different." Ever since that day I questioned everything, mainly "where do we come from," and why would a supposed "God" do this to me? Granted, I came to the realization that there is no "God", in my world anyway, no offense to the believers of this wonderful world. However I realized the biology of is all at some point, and then I realized how darn lucky, I, you, WE, are to even exist in this Universe. In other words, I could have been missing much more, or simply naturally aborted. Therefore, regardless of life's circumstance, I am a lucky man, and I know it!
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    May 3 2011: Having little adventures all the time makes me happy. Like just last Sunday, the bicycle I was ridging lost a pedal. Instead of giving up, I decide to do it without it. It was hard, I looked totally silly and I had a blast!
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    May 3 2011: What makes me happy, is being able to see a "bigger picture". It really helps to take a moment to rise above the daily ups and downs, and realize that everything is gonna be OK. Even if it doesn't turn out OK — that's fine too, because it was all according to plan. And yes, not resisting "THE PLAN" is also a big help in staying happy.
  • May 3 2011: What makes me happy:
    Teaching students stuff. The way their faces light up when they get that "ahaa", it's a pleasure to experience it every time.
    Ride motorcycles.
    Developing business ideas
    Developing websites.
    Spend time with good friends
    Coming back to a hotel room and everything is nicely cleaned up after I've made a mess.
    When someone else takes care of the dishes.
    When I feel healthy
    Travelling all over the world
    Driving cars
    Learning new things. Experiences.

    Watching TED talks
  • May 3 2011: i think the best most fantastic thing in my life is knowing that the world is headed down a one way path towards anarchy, and that ultimately this will lead us through us series of evolutionary stages towards a greater awareness of our potential place in nature as 'humanity'. i see 1984 evolving through a brave new world, and eventually transforming into a peaceful race of self-aware being, whose only ambition is to share love and peace. call me a dreamer... at this point it's a great dream tho... and i keep jumping into a new world order kind of nightmare... but, well... I guess hope is what makes me happy.

    And that kind of makes sense. Past is past, it can only be a burden on the present... the future is defined by the present (if you believe in that whole free-will thing like i like to)... and the present... well, it's a present, and something worth holding on to... why would you declare it forfeit... why would you give up? you own the moment, and you can at least try to take control... and that's when I feel something awesome in my life... when I feel hope. Accomplishment? Well, I hope for it, but it feels far far away, in a galaxy a long time ago... :0
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    May 3 2011: Oh, that's Ethereal Spectrums...not design lol
  • May 3 2011: Volunteering for animal rescue.
    It's amazing how good it feels to help abandoned animals get a second chance at happiness.
  • May 3 2011: Sitting out back on your surfboard, waiting for the wave to come, but just enjoying the sunshine and the calm and not really being bothered when the next wave comes!
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      May 3 2011: Gary -- that's fantastic. So beautiful. Can almost feel the salty wind and hear the distant beach murmur.
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    May 3 2011: Neil, your TED talk was excellent! Very inspirational.

    To make my life awesome, I stay open to all opportunities that are presented to me. I'm just graduating from college, and I've had a great experience here by allowing myself to get involved in my community and working to help others. While working on campus, I made sure to stay aware of other opportunities, one of which came up about a month ago. I took advantage, worked hard, and now I am going to China to teach English for a year! I've had a fascination with China for about a decade, and love teaching (I teach guitar intermittently) and have never been abroad so this is great for me!

    Thanks for your talk, and thank you for being live on the chat! Have a wonderful day!
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      May 3 2011: Hey, thanks Logan! I appreciate it.

      Wow, congrats on the big move! I wish you the best of luck. Stay you, stay true, and stay awesome throughout, my friend.
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    May 3 2011: I make my life awesome every day by doing a few things:
    Do something nice for someone else like open a door, smile, give them a real thank you, be helpful
    Give people the benefit of the doubt
    Spend more time listening and less time talking
    Empower myself more by deleting things from my vocabulary like "I cant" "I don't know how" "it's too hard"
    I try to try new things when given the chance
    I never say "that's not my job" but I also don't do other people's jobs for them
    I constantly shed "things". I divorced myself from compulsive object acquisition. I'm no monk by any means but I also don't spend my time buying and while buying thinking about the next thing I'll buy
    I donate a lot of things to charity and i don't collect a receipt for it. Just give and don't look back.
    I leave my iPhone at home a lot. I leave it in my bag.
    I try to be present. It's hard. I still try.
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    May 3 2011: Just FOCUS on all the awesome awesomeness around me..
  • May 3 2011: Stop looking for what I can do for myself exclusively. An awesome life is mainly a life with God and for God, a life with people and for people.
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    May 3 2011: Hi Neil,

    I think the poem 'Solitude' by Ella Wilcox helps here:

    'Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone....'

    Long and short of it is that people like being around happy people, because it makes them happy. Nobody likes being around miserable people, because their bad mood is passed on, just like the happiness is.

    This leads me on to another quote:

    'Always look on the bright side of life'

    Even if you're feeling blue, try to see the positive in everything, is the best way to turn that frown upside down.

    That's how I make my life awesome.
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    May 3 2011: Awesomeness:
    Parking your car exactly between the lines in one shot.
    Placing your legs within the block on a chequered floor.
    Watching an aeroplane from in-between your fingers.
    The first O-ring you blew in your life in cold.
    When you helped an elderly and got replied 'Thank you, son' in a shaky voice.
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      May 3 2011: YES YES YES!!!

      Rushabh, will you date me immediately? Ha ha... love your thoughts!
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        May 3 2011: Too bad the TED guys didn't let me in. Whose loss? haha
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    May 3 2011: I live, deeply and engaged, trying to enjoy the big and the little things. I try to harmonize the roles of the observer and the actor. I love my job and I try to surround myself with people I like and admire. I follow my religion in a non orthodox way and open myself to other views.
    I choose every year the goals for myself and work until I have achieve them, trying to improve myself in a non obsessive way. I love studying and learning from different things.
    In regards to the little things. I just love nature, I try to observe it and enjoy it everywhere I go.
    Just live fully I guess.

    And singing the silliest songs I can learn with a very high voice XD
  • May 3 2011: This question reminded me so much the videos from vlogbrothers in youtube, Nerdfighteria is such an awesome place.
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      May 3 2011: I have no idea what Nerdfighteria is but does it involve Screech from Saved By The Bell and Steve Urkel in a steel cage?
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    May 3 2011: I spend a large chunk of each day learning and exploring--mostly around the field of new technology, but also make a point of working on martial arts each day. It keeps my brain sharp and focused and seems to stimulate my creativity. Also, to shake things up a bit, I am also an avid caver, I rappel off cliffs when I have a chance, and I hike. It's important to me to have balance. My work day is filled with technology and lots of screen time. I need physical activity to balance it out. And make life more awesome!
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    May 3 2011: My life would be more awesome if i could TRAVEL MORE!

    Take life in one day at a time and never let it get you down. We all only get 1 spin on this rock so make the best of it everyday, otherwise what is the point?
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      May 3 2011: So true. Lately, I've been taking more travel trips within a couple miles of my place. I discovered this great burrito place a couple weeks ago.
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    May 3 2011: I talk with people about food, search and share recipes. I arrange to meet with friends if not already doing so. I expose myself to some new information or people each day, from conversations to books and videos. On especially awesome days I play ultimate frisbee!
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      May 3 2011: Brett, I love that the Total Awesome Actualization triangle at the top of your pyramid is Frisbee.

      Now that's

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        May 3 2011: The activities that allow us the most room to grow all at once, they're worth putting up there I figure.
  • May 3 2011: hey Neil, do you think that love makes us happy ? or maybe it's opposite: love and relationships are overwhelming and they're just making us life less productive and more and more concerned ?
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      May 3 2011: Hey Monika!

      Hmmm. HMMMM. I'm not sure it's as universal as love equals this or love equals that. The feelings in our bones -- the ones way down deep in our cores -- I think will often lead us the right way. Into love, away from love, into relationships, away from them.
      • May 3 2011: Thanks. See, i was just thinking, coz most of people is choosing relationships and love. Why ? probably because they see another people in love and they want to feel that way too. But they usually don't see the another site of this. under this beautiful image of loving couple is a lot of problems and times when you are really hurt. So the main question it "Does it worth it?" And this is not only question for you but to the whole world which thinks that love is the amazing thing that they should follow
        of course this is a rhetorical question which doesn't need a answer but just a moment when you think about your life ;)

        PS: sorry for changing the topic so badly.
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    May 3 2011: Tried to answer your question for quite some time now. And I reach the same conclusion every time. Earn MONEY! Lots of money. As much as one can. I know it may sound a bit too materialistic to most of you, but eventually it's money that can make others help you reach your dreams. Normal people nowadays don't go to work, because they like it. They go to work, because they need the money. At least I mean the people that are not born rich and have to struggle to survive.
    So yes. It's money that can make one's life awesome. Imagine you win the lottery the next week and earn say 1 billion. Will you still go to work every single day of the week? Will you wake up at 7 o'clock because your shift starts at 8? No you won't! Admit it. :)
    So basically let's all try to find those gaps in the system that will allow us to earn more money in less time. After that if you feel generous you may consider creating your own charity organization and etc. I wouldn't do it, but it gives some sense of contribution and satisfaction to most of the people.
  • May 3 2011: Each day when you wake up, think of something that you appreciate about your life.
  • May 3 2011: i sing Bobby Darin - splish splash every night during bath time, puts a big smile on my sons face... then he eats the bubbles...
  • May 3 2011: the beach makes me happy. mostly surfing, but really anything about the beach. i know there's been some research done to show that salt water is a natural therapy, I just put it into practice!
  • May 3 2011: I listen to stories from a marvelous storyteller who I am platonically in love with.
  • May 3 2011: I came to know about 1000 awesome things just recently and trust me, It is one of the awesomest things that had ever happened to me :). I pretty much used to think the same way that in every moment of life there is happiness in some or the other way , yet we just take that moment for granted may be and move on, not knowing what are we missing out on.

    If you ask me, what do I do to make my life awesome, well I do plenty of things but the best one is, I spend money on gifts and food for my family and friends and that gives me happiness all the way :). Also I talk to people. Be it my auto rickshaw driver or some shopkeeper or some random passer-by waiting at the bus stop on the street. I just initiate conversations and that gives me the pleasure of being a part of this awesome world!
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      May 3 2011: Umme, love it. I love those tiny elevator conversations too! There's like tiny windows into two crossing lives.
  • May 3 2011: What am I doing to make my life awesome? Definitely not by going through some kind of "to do list". Often it's just a feeling at the end of a day that somehow you have come one step closer to fulfill your dreams or a wonderful goal. There are these little things during a day that aren't scheduled and yet are getting you on the right track. If these things happen more often then you know that you have created basic conditions in your life that are working for you.
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      May 3 2011: I hear ya, Roman. There's a lot of "here's what to do" stuff out there. It's so hard to digest, follow, and absorb.
  • May 3 2011: Listen to Music, Write Poetry, play with my 3.6yrs old Niece, laugh a lot with friends, cry alone and let everything out, Work, Watch Movies [alone], at the end sleep peacefully.
  • May 3 2011: at work trying to think of ways to make University and industry collaboration awesome!
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    May 3 2011: I try to stay with positive attitude and concentrate on my family when not @ work. It is the ones who love you that can make you feel Awesome!
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    May 3 2011: Hello Neil, I must say your was one of the best lectures I ever saw. You are all over life. Additionally, you have inspired me to see things even better than I had before. Thanks for the brainwaves, you are the man.
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      May 3 2011: Thanks Ted! I totally appreciate that.

      Here's a few more awesome things from my cell phone notes that I haven't written about yet for -- That one bite with all the toppings in it, A la mode-ing anything, and Stretching your birthday into a week of festivities in your honor.
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    May 3 2011: Things I do to make life awesome:

    Balance crooked pictures
    Ride my bike on the Toronto Islands, and the Leslie Spit
    Hang out with friends
    Go to Sushi Xtra for Fire Dragon Roll
    Grow roses
    Make images
    Random acts of kindness
    Lunch all by myself
    Lunch with a friend
    Make an elaborate dinner for friends
    Deliver food to someone who needs it
    Shop at St Lawrence Market
    Pop bubblewrap
    (Btw...I actually handled the Rosie Greer book in a store once and contemplated buying it.
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      May 3 2011: Nice, Gayle! Love the Toronto references! By the way, you missed your chance on the book! Where else are you going to learn Needlepoint for Men??
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    May 3 2011: Niel, good to see a Torontonian with some TEDCRED! That is AWESOME!!!! I only have 2 "A"s in my name. How can i capture that last "A" for Awesomeness?
  • May 3 2011: How do I join the conversation?
  • May 3 2011: I guess that everyday brings along something else that can make you feel awesome. For the day, my answer would have to be not giving up.
  • May 3 2011: That's a really good question, got me thinking.
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    May 3 2011: Good day fellow TEDSTERS, My life is awesome because I love to learn new stuff. There are so many topics in my field of study, environmental science, that I have a hard time sleeping at night, and when I do open my eyes, I JUMP out of bed and head straight to the computer and/or the books. I'm smuckin’ fart!
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      May 3 2011: Hey Ted,

      First off, did you know there's a huge organization named after you? That would totally cheer me up too!
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      May 3 2011: Your Today Show interview was incredible! You come across as an incredibly authentic, appreciative individual. You are an inspiration!
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      May 3 2011: Hey Rushabh,

      It's so tough. I'm no expert but I say take it in the babiest baby steps possible -- minute by minute, inch by inch, small pleasure by small pleasure.
      • May 3 2011: I thought I posted a question about how to keep it real when things are not going well, but one is still trying to stay positive. Looks like this might be sort of my answer, although I can't see the post you are responding to here. It can take some effort for me to see past the troubles. I try, but there are definitely times . . .
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          May 3 2011: Sorry I deleted the question since I thought it was irrelevant. Anyway, here's it again:
          I have lost motivation in what I am doing. How do I get myself back up?
  • May 3 2011: What's the most significant / most gratifying change in your life post 1000 Awesome things fame?
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      May 3 2011: Hey Chris!

      Hmm. Good one. I think it's probably the realization that despite winning blogger awards, millions of hits, and bestselling books... well... the best things in life are still the VERY tiny things.

      It was definitely awesome going on The Today Show this morning. But my highlights were meeting a college student outside Rockefeller plaza who made a homemade AWESOME sign. And having a great chat with Carlos -- the cab driver who's life story I feel like I know now!
      • May 3 2011: Great! My girlfriend works at a UO here in Toronto, and she mentioned that you had come in and asked if it was OK if you signed some of your books. You are very generous with your time and very considerate in person. Neil, congrats on all your success and bringing people together, even if only a little bit, in a medium that specializes in isolation.

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          May 3 2011: Thanks Chris. I appreciate that! My kudos to the great folks at TED for hosting this! They do all the hard work. This is just fun!
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    • May 3 2011: Just chime in. Ask a question. Neil will answer and everyone else can comment back, too. Totally friendly and informal.
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    May 3 2011: Neil, I'm curious as to what you did as a kid to make your life awesome and what do you like to do for other people that makes you feel awesome?

    As for me, I make my life awesome by staying positive, and trying to surprise myself with the wayI react to situations and events. I'm only 23 so I still have a long way to go, but surrounding myself with awesome people always helps make life more awesome.

    Fear and a bad attitude used to stop me from enjoying life. I do my best to block those negatives from my awesome life.

    PS. My favorite word is awesomesauce.
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      May 3 2011: Hey Corvida,

      Awesomesauce is a great word! You sound very wise!

      I was raised in a suburb east of Toronto by immigrant parents who had a massive sense of wonder with the world around them. In my TEDx Toronto talk I mention how my dad would walk around the grocery store and marvel at the stickers on all the fruit... mangoes from Mexico, kiwis from New Zealand, apples from South Africa.

      His permanently dropped jaw gave my sister and I a lot of wonder too, I think.

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      May 3 2011: Why, by watching the 3 A's of Awesome TED Talk of course! Ha ha...

      But seriously, I think it's a matter of choosing your attitude every morning. Getting out of bed and saying I'm gonna move forward, move on -- if you've had something happen -- or just choosing to see the little things around you that get you pleasure.

      Few more from The Book of (Even More) Awesome: "Finally peeing after holding it forever", "The smell of rain on a hot sidewalk", "When the dog's really excited that you're back home"
  • May 3 2011: My husband will tell you I'm the glass half empty person. Awesome sounds like an awfully big word for kicking the dry leaves (which I love to do).
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      May 3 2011: Hey Sharon,

      Hmm, yeah -- I think the word is what we make it. For me awesome is any simple, universal, little pleasure that makes us all smile... but which we often missing.

      Few more from The Book of (Even More) Awesome -- "Picking the fastest moving line at the grocery store", "Waking up to the smell of sizzling bacon", and "When the hiccups finally stop"
  • May 3 2011: To make my life awesome I try to figure out at least one thing a day that's not awesome, and determine what I can do to make it better. Then I make sure to take note of when I'm smiling. Oftentimes, the problems and the solutions match up.
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      May 3 2011: Hey Mike!

      That's great! What was your not awesome thing yesterday?
    • May 3 2011: Taking note of when you're smiling--I like this!
  • May 3 2011: watching birds!

    we have no dominion over birds. we share air and water.
    they remind me of my human organism.
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      May 3 2011: Hey Arthur!

      When I was a kid we had the occasional blue jay in the backyard. I grew up watching The Toronto Blue Jays on TV. These days I don't see blue jays anymore... sadly. But I can still read Roberto Alomar's Wikipedia page.
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        May 3 2011: Every now and then in the summer a pair of Jays appear in the yards connected to mine in downtown Toronto.
    • May 3 2011: I saw a blue jay in Central Park on Saturday. There were 2 little kids freaking out, pointing their fingers in the air following the bird through the sky and trees, and it was awesome. Amazing how it stuck with me for days. It wasn't my first blue jay but just seeing the kids' reactions was awesome.