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14,000 Things To Be Happy About

Don’t panic.

I’m not actually planning on listing 14,000 things here in this post, but I did own a book entitled 14,000 Things To Be Happy About. It was a cute, fat little book that legitimately listed that many things to be happy about,. Or, I think it did. I never actually counted, and it was not a numbered list.

I used to carry it with me everywhere that I went. When something would make me smile, I’d grab a pen and scribble it down in the margins of that fat little book. Somewhere along the way, I lost that book, and so I thought that I might start a new list.

  1. AlexAlex is almost always the very first thing that comes to mind when I think of being happy.
  2. Family: Some of mine are hopelessly dysfunctional… but I love my family.
  3. Friends: “Friends are the family that you choose”. Again, some of them are dysfunctional, but if I’m honest, I’m pretty dysfunctional. I’m grateful for both the ones I have the privilege of having near me, and for the ones spread across the country, and even the world. ♥
  4. The cats: Because cats. That’s seriously all the explanation this one needs. My cats are fat, lazy balls of fluff (until 3 in the morning, when they run the Kittyanapolis 500 through the living room) and I wouldn’t have them any other way.
  5. Music. Listen to all the music! All right, maybe not all of it, but there is so much to love about so many different kinds of music. And dance. Even if you’re bad at it, dance.
  6. Books. There are few things in the world better than curling up with a good book and getting lost in a whole different world for a few hours.
  7. The way everything smells after it rains. I wish they’d bottle this so I can have it on demand.
  8. Root beer floats. I love root beer all on its own (and Alex tells me that it’s a little harder to come by where he lives, so that worries me a bit!) but it’s absolutely amazing with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream!
  9. The internet. Well, duh? Obviously the internet. Firstly, it’s an amazing communications tool, and secondly, cats. All the pictures of all the cats.
  10. Red pandas. I love red pandas second only to cats. Oh, and red pandas can also be found all over the internet.

I think that’s a good start.

NB: Thanks to The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for the video of the red pandas playing!

3 Responses to 14,000 Things To Be Happy About

  • There is actually a word for your number 7, petrichor, a fairly recently coined neologism but none the worse for that.
     
    I’d heard of root beer but had no idea what it was until this blog post prompted me to look it up. You can actually get it here in the UK but it probably isn’t as easy to find as some other drinks. Having read the description, I doubt whether I will be switching to it from tea any time soon.

    • Well, you really can’t beat tea!

      I love learning new words! That one’s certainly interesting-sounding, when I say it in my head. Thanks for telling me about this.

  • I came across it only recently and thought you would like it

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