• giving steaming cups of Earl Grey tea to winter hikers
  • a freshly stocked refrigerator
  • a cabin where everything is brown, smoky, and functional
  • leapfrogging, going past others quickly or by missing some stages of an activity or process
  • seeing deep into your soul
  • a sunset through the palm trees
  • how many extra laps are sufficient punishment for various transgressions
  • ranch-style beans
  • bleached oak bowls
  • crossing something dreaded off a to-do list
  • architecture: inhabited sculpture
  • a bunch of keys whose purpose has long been forgotten
  • when the crosswalk changes to Walk just as you approach it
  • living flamboyantly

14,000 things to be happy about is a bestseller with over 1 million copies in print, celebrating all the little things in life. Without plot or rhyme, explanation or footnote, these entries conjure up the rich evocative effect of an epic poem, proving that the little things are what make life worth living. The new edition is here, with 4,000 new entries and many revisions.