14,000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer
I bought this book a couple of weeks ago off Amazon after seeing it reviewed on another blog and thinking the idea of it was really lovely. It is written by Barbara Ann Kipfer and represents 50 years of recording all of the little things that make her happy, of which some were compiled into a list and made into this book. I really like this idea because it really is the little things that make the biggest difference, and with this book you can just flick open a page and find something that reminds you why life is worth living.
It is definitely American as I don't understand all of the things in there (what are Dairy Queen Dilly Bars?!) but each page has something that makes me smile. Some that I have found only today are:
- sunshine coming through a window
- the "snuggle right in" feeling
- when you arrive at your destination just as a great song ends on the radio
- a sofa ideal for vegging out and for chats with your legs curled up under you
- playing favourite records and dancing wildly in the living room
Reading all of these really makes me smile and actually lifts my mood! I will definitely be flicking through this book in the future when I need a bit of a pick-me-up.
I didn't have a great start to the day today - I found it incredibly difficult to get out of bed and ended up waking up properly about half 2 this afternoon. I think I just needed a good amount of time in bed, as I did end up doing a fair amount of work this afternoon and have been fairly productive. I just know my limitations now and know with my depression when I should stop pushing myself and let my exhausted body recuperate! I am also now only £40 off my £400 target for my skydive fundraising for Mind as my amazing parents and Grandparents both donated £50 towards it each - I'm not gonna lie, I cried when I found out! Thank you so much, I love you all lots and lots!!
- The smell of bread baking
- Wearing your favourite outfit and feeling amazing
- Trying on jeans and them fitting straight away
PS Please donate towards my sponsored skydive for Mind here, or text MIHV99 £1 to 70070 - thank you for your support!