Neil Pasricha started his award-winning blog after his wife left him and he lost his best friend to suicide. He realized that it's the small things - life's tiny, often unappreciated pleasures - that make every day worthwhile.

Small pleasures like kids riding bikes, running for the bus or train and actually catching it, being the first of your friends to discover the latest Internet joke, and waking up to the smell of sizzling bacon. Now Neil reminds us what's so awesome about the holidays, like plugging in the Christmas lights from last year and having them work, the smell of a fresh tree, and knowing that Kwanzaa is worth more Scrabble points than Hanukkah or Christmas. His new book is called The (Holiday) Book of Awesome. www.1000awesomethings.com