A happy way to end the year and to begin preparing for 2013. It may sound trite, but in these often terrible times when unspeakable acts are perpetrated – seemingly every day – it may help us get through them if we can focus on what is most important. The things that bring us joy – a hug, a smile, friends, a great read, loving family, a delicious meal shared with good friends, catching snowflakes on your tongue. The ways in which small kindnesses that we commit bring peace or happiness or solace to others. We need to focus, go inward, to uncover the myriad of little events that enrich our lives and warm our hearts. Then, once we’ve unearthed some vestige of serenity, we can turn our minds to what’s ‘out there’ and try to make a difference.

I’ve heard Neil give this presentation – at Word on the Street and at the Ontario Library Association conference last year. His books are fantastic reads and his writing clearly reflects his thoughtfulness, love of life and observational skills. He’s the kind of warm, steady person you’d want to have as a friend.

Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome. (Filmed at TEDxToronto.)

Neil Pasricha uses the power of blogging to spread a little optimism each day about the awesome things that make life worth living.

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