Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of 14,000 things to be happy about (1.5 million copies in print). She has written 68+ books and calendars. See the Bookstore for more information.

The list of things to be happy about was started by Barbara in a small spiral notebook that she carried in sixth grade. That 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, being mindful, 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 and a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (Professional Level, International Mindfulness Teachers Association).

Dr. Kipfer is Senior Lexicographer of Zeta Global and works part-time on the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. She has worked for Google,,, Ask Jeeves, Bell Communications Research, General Electric Research, IBM Research, idealab/Knowledge Adventure, WolframAlpha, and The Chicago Tribune (as a sportswriter/sports editor).

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