Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of 14,000 things to be happy about (1.25+ million copies in print). She has written 80+ books and calendars. See the Bookstore for more information.Please look for 5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone, which can be pre-ordered now and will be released September 29.

The list of things to be happy about was started by Barbara when she was 10 years old. It was a small top-opening spiral notebook that she carried in sixth grade and started with entries like blueberry muffins, green peas, the sun shining. That simple list is still growing and is the basis of this site. Barbara's many other lists can be found here and the underlying theme is paying attention and appreciating the little things.

Barbara holds an MPhil and PhD in Linguistics (University of Exeter), a PhD in Archaeology (Greenwich University), an MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies (Akamai University), and a BS in Physical Education (Valparaiso University). She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

Dr. Kipfer is Senior Lexicographer of Zeta Global and has worked for Google,,, Ask Jeeves, Bell Communications Research, General Electric Research, IBM Research, idealab/Knowledge Adventure, WolframAlpha, and The Chicago Tribune (sportswriter/sports editor).

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