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14,000 Things to Be Happy About Paperback – January 4, 1990

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Ice cream sandwiches, red leotards, a baseball game going into extra innings, a cat running 30 mph, wet babies, tobogganing, Bugs Bunny, Hawaiian shirts, the beach in the fall, and your own rainbow.

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 1st edition (January 4, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894803700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894803703
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Reid on December 25, 2004
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This book is just a list of 14,000 things. There is no order to the list. The book is small enough that you can carry it around with you. Many of the happy things will not make a reader happy. However, many of the happy things will make you, the reader, very happy. You will want to have a highlighter handy as you go through the book. A fun thing to do is to make your own list.

A few of the things on my list in no special order are: golden retrievers, library research, premoistened towelettes, the car heater, down quilts, dog walking, taking a walk when the world is too much, towels that absorb well, marble sinks, using candles, drawstrings, the wonder of life, dining out, country music, salad bars, and psychology.

The book helps one trigger memories of happy events in the past and this process brings happiness into the present. Everyone's list will be different because we all have different pasts. By using a highlighter one can make the list his/her own list of happy memories. Most of the things on the list are simple things available to anyone.
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This book inspired me to make my own "happy list" once upon a time!! It is basically 612 pages of things that make the author happy. You might say, "how boring!" But, it's not! She received a PHD in Linguistics and that's quite obvious, because not many people could pull this off! I used to use this as a mood book, where I would underline things that made me happy. It would always take away my bad mood, because it would remind me that there is no reason to focus on the bad when there are so many little things in life to remember!
Some examples:
a chance to sleep in
naming your baby
buying fresh flowers
the pleasure of water
smelling corncob-smoked bacon sizzling, maple-scented muffins, and pancakes off the griddle
hair towels
going to three museums in a row
roller skating around the block
See what I mean? A lot of the things on the list have to do with food, really good, home cookin', so beware if you read it while hungry!! It reminds you of all the tiny, great things in the world! Keep it by your bedside table and drift off to sleep with corn muffins, lazy sunday afternoons, and kittens floating in your head!
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My first husband gave me a copy of this book several years after we were married. We kept it nearby and if either one of us was having a particularly rough day, we'd pick up this book and open a random page. After reading a few listings, we'd be talking about what we found. We would even add our own "things to be happy about". He passed away in 2004. I've lost track of "our" copy since then. I've moved way too many times. I've since remarried, but I'm keeping this copy close by. It still gets me through rough patches and I'm still adding my own "things to be happy about". I'm waiting for the day I can add "finding my first copy tucked away in a box of books".
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This is a great book to look through and remember all the things you are thankful for in life. It's small and easy to carry around so you can pull it out at any time. I use mine to check off ones that have special meaning to me. Some examples are::

Warm blankets on a cold winters night
Pancakes with melted butter and warm syrup
The smell of a crisp autumn day

Don't pass up on this great little book to keep your thankfulness flowing.
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Our daughter Samantha gave us this book as a Christmas gift. She included two different colored highlighter pens for us to note our special "sparklies".
We look thru the book daily, reading one another's choices, and adding more to our own addendum.
The only improvement I could see, would be to include a few blank pages in the back for added inspirations.
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This little book caught my eye at the bookstore while shopping for other (more serious) things. I started at page one, and as I turned the pages I realized I needed to grab a highlighter and start over! I marked all the things I could relate with, that brought positive feeling to my heart, and spent hours and hours over the past few years putting it down now and then, and picking it up to see if my tastes and interests had changed. Most of the things she mentions are universal experiences, some are regional and give you an idea of joys you didn't even know about. It was a very positive experience and I plan to get one for everyone I know.
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This is a quirky, fun book that shakes up your thinking. There's a lot in this world to be happy about. But this book also lists some unusual things to be happy about. It makes you realize: "huhn! under the right circumstances, that *would* be a happy occurrence!"

A good pick-me-up and a light read.
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One day, I realized I drank 3 pots of coffee and never tasted any of it. I never experienced any of those cups of coffee. So, I made a point of: STOP and BE STILL. To mentally understand that I am about to drink coffee. Looked at the coffee and noticed the color, the ripples, the light dancing on it, any reflection. If I put cream in it I notieced how it swirled. Then I shut out everything but aroma. I focused on the coffees aroma. I even bought coffee beans and did not grind them at the store, just so I could experience the aroma.

It started there. I was so involved with my work, so focused that I was not experiencing Life. It was hard to remember to stop and be one with whatever -- rain, Christmas, whatever.

It was tough putting the utensils down and just sit looking at my dinner plate: food color texture aroma. Even fleeting moments of awareness made it easier.

Of course, I would get the questions: what ARE you doing? --I am being one with the coffee.
--Why?/ Are you nuts? --BECAUSE I drink 3 pots of coffee and never tasted a drop! Now, just let me have my moment, thank you.
--Trust me, after about 3 times, THEY got over it.

And it did not take long for the habit to sink in. I notice the tea, coffee, rain, stars, breeze.

Now, when I looked at those first few pages of this book, I could relate--I HAD MEMORY-SENSORY RECALL of the experience. And a lot of fun.
And a handy mental pick-me-up, if I need it.

That and I am compelled to make lists. Lots of them -over and over and over--same lists. I am vindicated.
What are you writing? - A list.
Don't you have enough lists already?
-They gave up on that too. --Oh She's making a list. Don't ask.
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