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14,000 Things to Be Happy About [Paperback]

Barbara Ann Kipfer
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Book Description

Jan. 4 1990
Flannel sheets. Strawberry ice cream. Making faces at monkeys in the zoo. Dog dishes that say "Good Dog." Carolers singing around a Norwegian spruce. Sun burning off the morning fog. Cabanas.

It's the little things that make life worth living, and they can be found by the dozens in this obsessive, quirky, and utterly captivating compendium with over 950,000 copies in print. A pure, unadulterated listing, it offers not a single explanation, aside, or footnote, but reading it is as irresistible as eating popcorn. Randomly selected and catalogued over the course of twenty years-and illustrated with joyous and jewel-like precision by the gifted artist Pierre Le-Tan-14,000 THINGS is Barbara Ann Kipfer's perfect antidote to the all-too-frequently-mentioned things we should be unhappy about.

It's a celebration of almost everything that's ever made us smile. And that itself is reason number 14,001.

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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.

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of numerous Workman books including, most recently, The Order of Things. She is a lexicographer and writer whose many works include Roget’s International Thesaurus, other reference books, spiritually themed books, and list books. She lives in New England.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So Great When You're Feeling Down! May 5 2000
My good friend knew someone who had purchased this book and thought it was cute. My dear companion bought the book and gave it to me as a gift because she knew I was not feeling very good about some things at the time. Of course, there is no cure for depression that lies within a cute little book like this one, but if there were one cute little book that could cure someone, it would be this. The book is a giant list of things that should make you happy. Some of the things are so cute you just can't help but smiling. I think that you probably won't read it cover to cover, but you'll read it a lot. But you really have to picture the images the author is mentioning to make it sink in how lucky we are to have some of the things we have. Where could we be without Scrabble or curtain calls or cereal? It's so fun to imagine all the little things we take for granted. And such a cute little book that this woman made.
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I found this book at the library in early 1994 and was so enchanted by it I told the library I lost it and was going to pay for it. Instead I had our local bookshop order it for me and returned the much thumbed taxpayer's copy to the library. I love books - all kinds of books - but this is my all time favorite. It is DELIGHTFUL!! I have read it cover to cover at least 6-7 times and made many, many, more random readings. Each time I read it I highlight new passages (by now more than half the book is highlighted). I read it when I'm feeling lost and abandoned, when I'm feeling nostalgic, when I'm looking for ideas for dinner, and even when I'm already happy - this book NEVER lets me down! I also have read "The Wish List", by the same author, but I'd love another 14,000 things to be happy about - heck, it doesn't even have to be 14,000, I'll settle for 1,000 (put the bug in Barbara Ann Kipfer's ear!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars more joy than you can shake a stick at Oct. 4 2001
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Long List of Happy Things March 19 2004
We saw this book with some great anticipation, yet felt that it was simply a long list of things, ideas, etc. that the author was happy about. Compiled over 20 years, this book was a long time in the making and from the list of other books and calendars has a following. This is a good book for introspection and for looking at during trying times or when we need to be reminded of the beautiful things in life. The 3 rating was due to hoping there would be a little detail as to why she was happy about those things and why we could be too. However, like art, I guess she wants us to come up with our own list or agree or not with hers.
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When my dad woke up from a 4-month cancer coma, i bought this book and read it at his bedside. This very simple book, which is nothing more than a very long list, gave us a chance to talk about happier times, to refocus his mind, to let the healing begin. It truly is for anyone feeling low. But is also best as a "gift" book, from the simple standpoint that it was meant to be "shared." i.e. read aloud for the wonderful discussion which will come out of the reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully whimsical!! Nov. 2 2000
A friend of mine loaned me this book when I was feeling blue. She had received hers as a gift. I enjoyed turning each page as there was something on each with which I could relate. I quickly wnet out and bought my own copy. There are some very quirky items and some which cause you to grin in spite of yourself. It is a great thing to keep on the night stand; I look at mine every so often before bed, especially if I am exhausted. It seldom fails to perk me up and cause me to smile!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book leisure time
This book was rated 4 out of 5 for me, because it is exactly what it says in the title.
There is no story or plot, instead lists things to be happy about. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Geng
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book.
I bought this book a few years ago on a whim. I really have enjoyed going through it numerous times. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Ms. Lisa M. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything and Nothing
It's a book about nothing and everything. It's a long list of places, moods, memories, and other miscellania.
Published on May 10 2004 by Sarah Sammis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of all time!
I love this book. This is something that I think everyone should own and read as often as possible. It is inspirational and fun to read. It will always put a smile on your face. Read more
Published on June 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As A Lightbox
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". Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by Ana Log
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Much of a Book
An indiscriminate list - no other word adequately describes the mind-numbing sensation of reading several thousand objects - not so much of objects that make one happy but... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A little happy to a mundane day
I bought this book and never looked at it, until one day at work I was reminded of it. I brought it to work and read a page a day to a coworker with whom I shared an office. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2001 by "jabelvin"
5.0 out of 5 stars I give these as gifts
I am a high school counselor and picked up this book at a workshop. It is not keenly witty or deep, but I have found that if I keep a copy on my desk, the kids pick it up and... Read more
Published on July 7 2001 by Jennifer Jo Doyel
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