The Internet can be a pretty negative place sometimes. Actually, the whole world can be a pretty negative place sometimes. And you know what fixes everything when the world gets you down? Pau Gasol’s Twitter account. It’s incredible. While the Internet turns most of us into sarcastic jerks, Pau somehow remains the most sincere, cheerful human on earth.
We all gotta live more like Pau.
I love to b a positive influence on people's lives. It's important to me to make a difference beyond myself. We all have the chance to do it
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 19, 2013
The Year in Pau is technically part of Grantland’s year-end series, but more than anything, it’s just a good excuse to give Pau a long-overdue tribute. We needed to put all his tweets in one place. We needed a reservoir of optimism and sincerity, something we can all come back to when we need a reason to keep the faith in humanity.
With that said, let’s relive the year of @paugasol. (All photos via Pau Gasol.)
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 1, 2013
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 21, 2013
Congrats to the Spanish handball team! World Champions! Enormous #hispanos !
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 27, 2013
4. “Today I’ve started ‘A Dance with Dragons’, 5th book of the #ASongofIceandFire series. Winter is coming! @GameOfThrones”
Congrats to both teams for the great game and making it to the #SuperBowl! The Ravens came out on top but it could've gone either way.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 4, 2013
Happy Valentines Day! I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all the love and support that all of you give me! Keep spreading the love.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 14, 2013
7. “Soon I will do a twitcam and you will be able to send me all the questions that you want with #Pauanswers! Stay put!”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 24, 2013
Today is #rarediseaseday. We can't forget to continue to support the research and help those with rare and uncommon diseases.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 28, 2013
10. “Truthfully, we shouldn’t throw food away. Too many people are starving around the world. #doggybag.”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 28, 2013
Warm welcome @PhilJackson11 to Twitter! I hope you have a lot of fun with it and I'm sure we'll enjoy your tweets.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 28, 2013
Happy Easter everybody!! I hope you are enjoying this holiday with your most loved ones!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) March 31, 2013
14. “19 years ago, Kurt Cobain left us. ‘Come as you are’ is one of my favorite songs that I still listen to often.”
It's Mother's Day in Spain! So why not wish a very happy Mother'sDay to all the mothers in the world!? Big hug to all of you!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 5, 2013
It's very difficult to see and understand what's happening in Syria. Children are being murdered. When will it stop??!! #MassacreOfBaniyas
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 7, 2013
What would u do if this would happen on your wedding day? Bad luck or divine sign? http://t.co/lp2BlUQmGo!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 13, 2013
18. “Today is #InternationalDayOfFamilies ! There’s nothing like having a united loving family.”
Today is #WorldInternetDay. Do you remember when it didn't exist? It's hard to imagine how would our lives be without it.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 17, 2013
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) June 22, 2013
I hope everyone is having a good start of the week! There's nothing like having fun with the family and close friends. Greetings everyone!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 8, 2013
22. “Here’s a picture of my day! The water was pretty cold! I hope we can always enjoy of places like this one #nature.”
Global warming is a serious issue. It's hard to comprehend the many consequences that it will have in a near future.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 23, 2013
Today Mick Jagger turns 70 and still rocking it! Also one of my favorite actors, @KevinSpacey turns 54. Happy birthday to both!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 26, 2013
"Worrying about things beyond your control is a pretty good formula for illness" @_robin_sharma Let's focus on what we can actually control!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 16, 2013
I wish my friend @RealLamarOdom is doing well. All these rumors are really worrying me. Lamar is one of the best guys I've ever played with.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 27, 2013
Congrats to our Spanish roller hockey national team for winning their fifth consecutive world championship in Angola! Incredible.
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) September 29, 2013
Good morning from LA! Today is World Smile Day so I encourage you to smile as much as you can! Time to go to practice! #LakersTrainingCamp
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 4, 2013
"If you change the way you think about things, the things you think about will change." #QuoteOfTheDay
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 20, 2013
31. “The pumpkin cakes looked really good too! The kid was ready to dig in! #Thanksgiving.”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 20, 2013
$24,000 for my friends in the Philippines! If you want to join the effort, here you can http://t.co/Sz9oRu1tiq . Thanks for your help!
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 23, 2013
Really though. No. 1 human. And until he’s head of the United Nations one day, we’ll just have to be content to enjoy every single thing Pau Gasol has ever done on the Internet.
“We are in Detroit with lots of snow! I’m thankful for my amazing family, for my friends, for my teammates, I’m thankful for having the fortune to do what I’m most passionate about in my life, playing basketball and being a positive influence on people’s lives. #HappyThanksgiving”
Now it’s December, so … Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Pau.