***14,000 Things To Be Happy About
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Reviewed October 2, 2003.
Workman Publishing, New York, 1990. 612 pages.
Available for $7.95 on Amazon.com
This book is exactly what it says it is—A list of 14,000 things to
be happy about.
The list is quirky, silly, thought-provoking and funny. Here
are a few examples:
“Perseid meteor showers.”
“turning off all the lights except those on the Christmas tree”
“playing hooky to do something you don’t ordinarily have time for”
“uncovering an unexpected patch of wildflowers”
“practicing speaking French”
“enlarging a favorite photo”
“alternating between reading a novel and looking at the hilltop skyline”
“the secret urge to expedite the person ahead of you through a revolving
“rain at night, if you’re safe in bed”
“the ability of parents to guide their small children around by the
tops of their heads”
I especially like the ones that I always thought were things to be
annoyed about. What good news to realize these are actually things
to be happy about!
“making clarinets squeak”
“buying T-shirts and short-sleeve shirts on the first day of spring,
and then having a blizzard on that night”
“overdue library books”
“the gap in the dressing room curtain that can never be completely
“having an unfortunate knack for approaching a set of double doors
and always pushing the locked one”
It’s hard to read a few pages of this book without feeling more grateful
for life’s many good gifts. I recommend reading a page or two each
day to put a dose of gratitude in your life.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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