I am changing a Habit – yes another one! This one involves pencil and paper, so I when I received a small set of notebooks that would fit into my purse recently, I decided to move forward on this change.
When one of my daughters arrived at the teen years she was having trouble with depression and anxiety. I was in recovery from Ovarian Cancer treatments. She found this book for me 14,000 things to be happy about and purchased it for Mother’s Day. When I would sit down to write in my journal, I would think about how my daughter wanted me to feel better and I would read a page of this book and find some things to make me feel happy. I wish I had thought to pull out this book when the journal page was filled with rants and anger, it would have pulled me back into the moment as a good cleansing benediction. The book has held a spot right at eye level on the shelf so that I would not miss it when I needed it.
The habit I am changing is that I am now going to fill my little notebooks with things that make me happy. It is my turn to add to the words found here. I do have my gratitude practice but this is a bit different – more of a happiness journal.
I was delighted to see that the book is now available on Kindle and has recently been revised. I have the 1990s edition.
14,000 things to be happy about THE HAPPY BOOK by Barbara Ann Kipfer has the following short introduction:
“This book represents 20 years of recording all the little things that make me happy. Beginning in the sixth grade with a tiny spiral notebook, I graduated to larger notebooks and finally to a personal computer that today contains more than a million bytes’ worth of word-pictures. Words, and the images they create, can be a great source of pleasure and inspiration. Sometimes, on a gray day, I flip through this collection to cheer myself up; often I use it to get ideas about what to cook for dinner or something fun to do with my son on the weekend.
“As you read through these pages, give yourself time to conjure up your own images – to reminisce, wish and dream. I hope you will find, as I did, that happiness comes from noticing and enjoying the little things in life.”
So now I am going to take note and write down the little things that make me happy. Here are my first 5 entries:
- The little finches doing acrobatics in the apple trees
- Reading Laurie’s fun yoga gone to the dogs post
- How the sun breaking through the rain makes the drops on the fir trees rainbows
- My neighbor coming to the door with a sweet treat and thank you
- How much Zip loved the dry off after the walk
Now it’s your turn, what would be your first entries in your notebook towards your 14,000 things to be happy about. Looking forward to reading your list
This book was from my Library and no one paid me or sent me anything in return for my words found here.
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