Yesterday was all about Crabby Appleton. I decided today I should write about happiness.
How about a book to help keep the happiness going? This one is called 14.000 Things to Be Happy About I love this book. The author, Barbara Ann Kipfer, started writing down things that made her happy back when she was in 6th grade—40 years of recording has yielded 95,000 entries. Can you imagine? I am VERY impressed. I can’t stick with something for a week let alone 40 some years.
Of course I have to give you some random samples from the book in no certain order:
hanging clean, dry towels in your bathroom
the light / dark knob on your toaster that allows you to think that you are in control
the morning paper at the door
the quiet presence of cats
All great things, don’t you agree? What would our world be like if we all made lists daily of things that make us smile?
Today is the day.
On her website there is a place where you can start creating and sharing your own lists. I did a “blessing book” for awhile—-wrote 3 blessings daily. Actually gave books to my Stephen Ministers for them to record theirs also. I don’t know if any of them kept it up—I think I did for about 2 weeks before it went by the wayside. But maybe, just maybe, I can start being more intentional and more aware of blessings and things that make me smile. Check out the website and see what you can come up with. I would love to hear from you. My mom was always really good at telling me things that made her happy, made her smile and made her day and they always made me smile. I would love to start a list to share so post your comments or just let me know when you think of one. It is a great way to practice being positive.
No more Crabby Appletons.
Check out the daily entries at Things To Be Happy About.