Image for post
Image for post

Have you heard?

The world is ending.

Or at least it appears to be.

Stock markets crashing, countries locking down, and everything sold out at the grocery stores. Well, almost everything.

Who else has been slowly looking around their place thinking: “How long can I really last in here?”, “Why didn’t I build that bunker when I had the chance?”, or “What do you mean nobody can find the can opener?”

Well, I put together a list of 49 things to do during the Coronovirus and now I’d like to offer 25 of the best books to read during Coronavirus. …

Image for post
Image for post

Have you heard of the Dracula Sneeze?

It’s one example of social distancing being recommended these days along with conference cancellations, work from home policies, and school closures.

In many places it’s all adding up to more home time, family time, kid time, and together time.

If you have a break, how do you embrace it?

Today I’m sharing 49 things to do if you’re staying home due to Coronavirus:

49. Build an amazing couch cushion fort

48. Organize the Tupperware drawer

47. Finally scroll through your Camera Roll to pick out a dozen favorites to print for a photo wall

46. …

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

While researching resilience for You Are Awesome I found that in order to become more resilient, you need to cultivate a positive mindset first. Why? Because the stronger we are mentally, the better we are able to bend — not break — when challenges come.

A positive mindset is like Optimism Insurance. It helps soften every blow you get from a nasty email, friend letting you down, or bad news story flying across the headlines.

So how do we develop a happier mindset?

Let me answer in three steps:

Step 1: Flip your happiness model

Our parents lied! They said they wanted us to be happy but then also encouraged us to go to a good school, find a good job, and work hard for a promotion. Sure, everyone’s parents are different but I would argue that most of us hear some version of this model told to us as children:


Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

John Lennon was wrong.

Love isn’t all you need.

A famous study in 2010 by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School said making money helps make you happier … up to $75,000 a year. Sure, we can debate the study endlessly. How do they define happiness? How do you define happiness? What if you live in a big expensive city compared to a more affordable small town? What country and currency? And what about in today’s dollars?

But let’s not get lost in the debate.

Can we agree going from struggling to making ends meet to actually making ends meet would make you happier? …

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

We know we shouldn’t listen to our critics. We know we should do things for ourselves. Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the Japanese martial art aikido, said, “As soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.”

So why do we listen? What makes us interested in external measurements? Why do we take outside rankings, results, or opinions over our own opinion of ourselves?

There is a root issue. An underlying reason. There is one issue that many of us have, that I know I have, that is at the basis of why we jump at external rankings. The root issue is . . . our lack of confidence. Self-judgment. We get lost in our own heads, we get confused with mixed advice, so we follow what we see. The root issue is self-confidence. And we’re going to solve this root issue together right now. …

Image for post
Image for post

How do you deal with knowing that one day you’ll die?

I’ve been getting asked this question more and more lately.

It’s why I read so many books on death. It’s why I write so much about The Deathbed Test.

So, how do I deal with knowing that one day I’ll die?

I embrace it.

Fully. 100%.

Embracing death, and living an intentional life as a corollary, I’ve actually realized is the underpinning of all my thinking, all my books, my TED Talk, and just how I try (try) to show up every single day as a son, brother, husband, father, writer, speaker, and fellow human being. …

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

How many books do you read a year?

For most of my adult life I read maybe five books a year — if I was lucky. I called myself a reader! I told people I was a reader! But in reality I’d just read a couple on vacation and have a few slow burners sitting on the bedside table for months.

But then a few years ago I surprised myself by suddenly reading 50 books. And last year I read well over 100. I have never felt more creatively alive in all areas of my life. …

Image for post
Image for post

Deck the halls with boughs of awesome.

Here are twenty-one awesome things about the holidays. Let’s get into it:

Plugging in the Christmas lights from last year and having them all work

Nope, not even a year twisted into a ball of knots in the basement could take the sparkle out of these bright little bulbs. So untie them slowly, hang them quickly, and help get the whole neighborhood shining.


When the neighbor shovels that little patch of the sidewalk

Sidewalks bring us together.

Fences split yards, lawns divide homes, and invisible property lines are scribbled on dusty blueprints in city archives. But somehow those little strips of concrete tie us all together and connect the dots between our lives.

It’s a beautiful moment when a friendly neighbor shovels the snow off of your walk after a winter snowstorm. Swaddled in snow-packed mitts, sweaty scarves, and salty boots, they’re just lending a helping hand of kindness and some friendly season’s greetings. …

Image for post
Image for post

Fail more!

Fail fast!

Fail better!

These phrases are spouted endlessly these days but there’s one giant thing missing from the conversation: How. After all, we grew up thinking that less failure equals more success, right? And now here’s the world suddenly telling us to fail more.

In my research on resilience for my new #1 international bestseller You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle With Failure, and Live an Intentional Life I came across three specific tactics to thoughtfully achieve the “fail fast!” mantra.

Today I’m going to lay out these three ways to help accelerate your failure rate and therefore quicken your ability to suss out when you’re on the right path, when you should turn the other way, and when you should double down. …

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Carl Heyerdahl on Unsplash

As our world gets busier and our phones get beepier, the scarcest resource for all of us is quickly becoming attention and creative output. Every single one of us needs to work harder than ever to make time to put something new and beautiful out into the world.

Here are ten daily habits I use to help make time:

1. Have a morning “wake up” routine

For me I grab my journal to take two minutes writing out three prompts:

  • I will let go of…
  • I am grateful for…
  • I will focus on…

Research titled “Don’t look back in anger!” by Brassen, Gamer, Peters, Gluth, and Bluch reported in Science magazine shows that minimizing regrets as we age creates greater contentment and happiness. The research also shows that holding regrets causes us to take more aggressive and risky behaviors in the future. The most healthy and happy people notice mistakes in their lives and then choose to let them go. …


Neil Pasricha

Bestselling author of ‘The Book of Awesome’ & ‘The Happiness Equation’ Host of the 3 Books podcast.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store