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14,000 Things to Be Happy About [Paperback]

Barbara Ann Kipfer
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book leisure time Feb. 20 2013
By Geng
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
one thing i wanted to see was an explanation about why these things make us happy but it didnt have that
i have the smaller old version of the book, maybe in other versions in does
in general is a great leisure book. i'd recommend this to people who have a lot of free time,
enjoy the small things, and are not in it for a plot
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book. May 11 2004
I bought this book a few years ago on a whim. I really have enjoyed going through it numerous times. One of the things I have done as I have been reading it is I highlight the ones that make me happy. That way if I am having a bad day I can pick up the book and at a glance find something that can make me feel better or remind me to do something to make me feel better. I really enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything and Nothing May 10 2004
It's a book about nothing and everything. It's a long list of places, moods, memories, and other miscellania.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long List of Happy Things March 20 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of all time! June 30 2003
By A Customer
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. I also recommend this as a gift. Who wouldn't enjoy getting something that makes them happy?
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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 As Good As A Lightbox Jan. 26 2003
By Ana Log
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A little happy to a mundane day Nov. 10 2001
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. It made us ponder each word and most importantly, laugh. It made us forget about our everyday things and sometimes chilly coworkers!
I am sending this to my former coworker for memories, laughs and good times even though we are miles apart now. Everyone should have a copy of this book at work!
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