14,000 Things to Be Happy About

What makes you happy?

Koala bears? Bedtime snacks? Google?

Whatever it is, you’re bound to find it in this book.  14,000 Things to Be Happy About, or The Happy Book by Barbara Ann Kipfer is a feel-good book including 14,000 things to make you feel happy.

With just a short introduction, the entirety of the book is one long list, in no particular order, of some of the things that make the author happy, dotted with illustrations every couple of pages.

No matter how obscure the things are that make you smile, the list features such things as ‘reading dictionaries’, ‘the name “Kyle Brian”‘ and ‘bus terminals’ (none of which particularly make me happy, personally, but each to their own).

It is a nice concept for a book, though I feel it might work better as an interactive journal where readers can write down their own happy things too – I suppose nothing is stopping anyone from adding to the printed list.

Here’s five things that make me happy:

  1. Chicken Caesar salad
  2. Opening to the first page of a new book
  3. The smell of freshly cut grass
  4. Wearing a pretty dress
  5. Loud, soulful karaoke with friends and family

What things brighten up your day? What are your thoughts on the concept of this book?


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