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14,000 Things to be Happy About.: Revised and Updated edition Paperback – April 15, 2007

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Smile lines, a Hawaiian beach shack, podcasting, children at recess, garden gnomes, downward facing dog in yoga, comfy chairs in large bookstores, pot stickers, bobsledding, painting the ceiling sky-blue, guitar lessons, and one perfect day.

NOW REVISED WITH 1,500 NEW ENTRIES

A quirky, compulsive, irresistible list of all the little things that make us happy. Items, places, thoughts, celebrations & our daily bread. 125 illustrations.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of numerous Workman books including 14,000 Things to be Happy About. She is a lexicographer and author whose many works include thesauri and other reference books, spiritually themed books, and list books. She lives in New England. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 611 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Rev Upd edition (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761147217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761147213
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Higginbottom on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when it was entitled "10,000 Things to be Happy About". Just picked it off a shelf in the bookstore one day when my mom was trying to survive her experimental chemo treatments and the rest of us were struggling to cope with her impending loss. That day, this book was like a shaft of sunlight splintering a murky room. It made me remember that there are good things in life no matter what crushing sadness we were experiencing. I'd just pick up the book, open it to any page, and I'd just start reading that wonderful list of happy things. It was like a lifeline to me at times. I've since purchased it as a gift for another person going through the same experience and will be purchasing it again soon to give as a gift once more to someone experiencing their own kind of pain. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that life is still good. To the author, a simple heartfelt thank you from me.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany R. Swanson on May 30, 2010
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This book is so fun!

It's an easy read that I like to take to the park with my highlighter, and peruse through while the children are climbing on the playground. It's also a good reminder to do things that you've forgotten about but LOVE. This would be a great coffee table book, or a gift to a friend who's already high on life.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Sheridan on March 13, 2009
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this is fun to browse through periodically - i used to keep it on the coffee table in our livingroom and kids would pick it up and just turn to any page at random - and it really is true that happiness is more about wanting what we have than having what we want - well worth $10 to invest in learning to be happy with what is -
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cupcakesworld on March 10, 2014
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I bought a copy of this book for kindle; and have a dog-earred copy on my nightstand. God bless this Author. She inspired me decades ago to change my thinking and to be more aware of small joys and happinesses and pleasures. I owe her about 14,000 hugs. Thank you directly to Barbara Ann Kipfer, you are charming and I hope all your karma catches you up daily and hugs you. <3

The book lists things that make one happy. I have shared this book with so many people; have bought and given away more copies than I remember. A wonderful gift and people can't open the book to any random page and Not find at least one thing on each page that charms them and makes them smile. When I stumbled across this book I started reading through it and underlined things that spoke to me and dated them. It is a kind of diary for me to go back and look at my highlights and remember how old I was when specific things touched me. I was so inspired I started keeping my own book, and still will randomly jot things down to insert when I get home.

I hope you give this book a chance and enjoy the smiles and the camraderie from sharing it, as I have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Viscarra on August 6, 2012
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I totally LOVE this book. If ever you need a little cheering up, this is the book to get. Once you start reading the things that make you happy, a smile will quickly come to your face, sometimes even a chuckle...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2013
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I keep this book on my desk next to my computer. Anytime I need a boost, or to refresh myself, I will pick a page at random and start reading. I generally start smiling and thinking and recalling other thing that make me happy. In fact, I have started my own Happy List. I would always recommend anything that makes me feel good, and this does exactly that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Dickerson on April 21, 2015
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If I had bought this book a year ago, I would have hated it. Probably because I didn't have anything in my life to be particularly unhappy about and this is just a bunch of random things that some random person I don't know finds interesting or appealing or enticing.

But then my mom passed away about 6 months ago, out of the blue. After that, the things that had made me happy before didn't seem to matter or to be able to make me happy anymore. It put things into perspective. Without her, I didn't know how to not just be completely sad.

I found and ordered this book on a whim, just reaching out for anything that might be able to make things a little better.

I took the first blank page and actually wrote out why I needed help being happy and what I was feeling and going through. Then, each night before bed, I made myself read about 10 "things to be happy about." And I made myself write my own 10 things to be happy about right next to them, in the margins. I made myself do it every single night. And through my tears, I did find 10 things to be happy about each night, even if it was hard to get into that mindset. It helped me end my day on a positive note and to go to sleep thinking about things that were a little brighter and a little lighter.

I was still sad (and still am, and part of me will always be), but it helped me to slow down, stop for a minute, and focus on what I did and do still have to be happy about in my life.

Honestly, the 14,000 things to be happy about could have said anything. S'mores. Rainbows. The color orange. Extra long hugs. Slurping spaghetti noodles. It didn't matter to me. But the book in general - the idea and theme of it - was what helped me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adriana on September 5, 2011
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I wasnt looking for this book, I happened to found the picture of the cover by mistake when going thru the web, I started reading a couple of days ago, Havent finished reading it, but have read up to 100 pages and I absolutley love it!! Totally recommend it.
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