Find Your Happy with “14,000 Things to Be Happy About”

riously? 14,000 things to be happy about? Find your happy with this chunky little book that's the perfect addition to any coffee table. #happy #smile #coffeetablebook

Seriously? 14,000 things to be happy about? Ok, you’ve piqued my curiosity.

I saw this book when I was in my teens, which was about four score and seven years ago now. I thought it was such a great idea, a simple but extensive list of things to be happy about.

My mom came through, as always, and got me the book. It’s traveled with me through the years, always finding a spot on a bookshelf or coffee table.

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No matter where you are in life, it’s always a good time to find your happy. I’ll sprinkle some of the list throughout this post….

  • being one number away from bingo
  • salt packets
  • candy stores
  • secret caves
  • the cat acting foolish
  • bringing nature inside
  • sitting in the kitchen with your hands wrapped around a hot cup of coffee and musing on your life (love this one!)
  • comfy clothes
  • cracking open a new book (like 14,000 Things to be Happy About??)

Find Your Happy! 14,000 things to be happy about?!

14,000 Things to be Happy About was originally published in 1990. It was put together over about 20 years. And it doesn’t stop there! A revised version with 1,500 new entries was published in 2007. The 25th anniversary edition, revised and with 4,000 new entries, was published in 2014.

The author, Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer, has 70+ publications to her name. She’s a Chief Lexicographer which means she’s super smart with words.

Well, technically, Merriam-Webster states the definition of lexicographer as “an author or editor of a dictionary”. So maybe she actually wrote that??

click here to buy 14,000 Things to be Happy About from Amazon
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Whoa. Her website is even super happy and fun. Just another way to find your happy. Check it out here.

I’m glad she put her way with words into this fun book. It’s the perfect addition to any coffee table or bookshelf.

I love opening it to random pages to be inspired to smile, think or start a discussion with my 10 year old about something she’s never heard of (ex. bobolinks. I had to look that one up. Thanks again, Merriam-Webster. I’m definitely not even close to being a lexicographer.)

The perfect description, taken from Amazon: “No opinions, no explanations, no asides, no footnotes, editorializing, or proselytizing. Just the simple premise of a list of things that make us smile.

With its chunky shape, striking black-and-white cover, and 100 whimsical illustrations by Pierre Le-Tan, the new 14,000 Things is an irresistible catalog of good thoughts completely updated to reflect today’s world—and an uplifting gift for people of all moods and all ages.”

Need a hostess gift?

A housewarming gift?

Or just need this on your own coffee table?

...14,000 Things to be Happy About is an irresistible catalog of good thoughts...

It’s a unique and super affordable addition to any home. So much happy for less than $6! (What’s another $6 when you order from Amazon weekly. Or am I the only one that does that? Oh, I know I am not. Fess up, everyone.)

I love having this chunky little book just for me. (It’s 4″ x 6″ and almost 2″ thick!)

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  • humorous phone calls
  • breath clouds on cold mornings
  • a planned change
  • car repair while you wait
  • peace
  • sewing in the company of a cat
  • digging yourself a seat in a sand dune


What are some goofy, unique or sentimental things you’re happy about? Need some inspiration? Pick up a copy of 14,000 Things to be Happy About!

riously? 14,000 things to be happy about? Find your happy with this chunky little book that's the perfect addition to any coffee table. #happy #smile #coffeetablebook
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