Is this the World’s Happiest Book?

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A stream of consciousness list, blueberry muffins, easeful days, dreamless nights, roller-skating on a Saturday afternoon with corny organ music playing in the background…
Good, only 13,995 still to go.

It started as a child’s list of things that made her happy written down in a spiral notebook. Twenty-five years ago it was published under the title 10,000 Things To Be
Happy About. Now, updated and reprinted it has grown by another 4,000 additions.

Barbara Ann Kipfer lives in New England and is the author of almost 70 books on subjects as diverse as Karma, Meditation, and things to do as an alternative to staring at your cellphone. However, by far her most popular book is 14,000 Things To Be Happy About. Sub-titled “The Happy Book” it is described as ‘a quirky, compulsive list of all the little
things that make us happy.’

Containing over 100 illustrations by Pierre Le-Tan and running to more than 600 pages there are no footnotes, no explanations, no attempts to justify the selection: just a long
continuing disconnected list of random thoughts: Rabbit tracks in the snow, 20 minutes all by yourself, social and emotional intelligence, beet and goat cheese salad….

Certainly the book has made more than one person happy: to date it has sold 1.5 million copies….sniglets, made-up new words, flannel sheets, strawberry ice-cream, making faces…

Now only 13,990 to go… 14,000 Things To Be Happy About is published by Workman Publishing and is available both as paperback and e-book

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