Last weekend, my best buddy and I enjoyed the Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair in Burnsville, North Carolina. The crafts were breathtakingly fabulous; we each came home with more than one purchase! The food was totally awesome. Can anyone tell me the delicious factor of a funnel cake? YUM! And get this. The local Friends of the Library were having a blow-your-mind book sale. For one quarter, I purchased a nugget of a book called 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. by Barbara Ann Kipfer. It was perhaps my best purchase of the day. In sixth grade, the author began to write in “a tiny spiral notebook” things that made her happy. The book compiles 14,000 happy thoughts from 20 years of note taking. (She admits to eventually progressing to taking notes on a personal computer!)
Here’s my idea! Why not start your own list of happy thoughts. You could keep it on your computer. Then, when you’re having a challenging day (we all have them), you can scroll through your list for an instant happy fix. I’m going to do it!
Here are five random picks from Barbara’s book:
- fresh-baked cookies
- the squeak of a hammock
- meeting deadlines
- laughing out loud
Are you smiling?
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