The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully

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by Barbara Ann Kipfer



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ISBN-13: 9781592338580
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 596,240
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Author of the bestseller  14,000 Things To Be Happy AboutBarbara Ann Kipfer has written more than 75 books and calendars of wit and inspiration, thesauri and dictionaries, trivia and question books, archaeology reference, and happiness and spiritually themed books. Kipfer is a professional lexicographer and holds PhDs in Linguistics, Archaeology, and Buddhist Studies.

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My story is the story of a tiny spiral notebook that eventually became a million-copy bestseller. I started writing in it in sixth grade, when I felt like I didn't fit in. Around that time, I happened to find a children's book called The Happy Book by Patricia Martin Zens, published in 1965. It was a short book of twenty pages, a list of things to be happy about. I liked the idea, so I started my own list.

The things I wrote down were simple. The first entries included blueberry muffins, green peas, bumper pool, cooking, and purses. I carried the notebook with me, opening it randomly. I always felt a boost from reading a few entries. When my notebook filled up, I started another ... then another. Eventually the notebooks turned into a book, 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, and a website,, which features a database of more than 164,000 things.

Most importantly, those simple notebooks turned into a practice, a way to cultivate happiness and mindfulness. And with this journal, you can use it, too.

Mindfulness is an important factor, a first step, but mindfulness alone is not enough. Savoring and ingraining the good things you experience grows you a garden from which you will be able to pick flowers when challenges come. It is long-term, resilient happiness inside of you that does not rely on obtaining stuff or on outward circumstances being perfect. This practice is valuable in good times and bad times, a constant companion to help navigate the ups and downs of life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, 6,
1. Your Definition of Happiness, 8,
2. Methodologies, 34,
3. Focus on the Present Moment, 46,
4. Secrets to Mindfulness, 82,
5. Capturing the Little Things, 98,
6. How to Compile Your Own Collection, 122,
7. Changing Your Brain, 134,
8. Sharing Happiness, 150,
About the Author, 160,

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The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Philomath_in_Phila More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. Everyone, including me, can use some more happiness in their lives so I requested to read The Happiness Diary: The Practice of Finding and Savoring Things to Be Joyful About by Barbara Ann Kipfer. The Diary is not a book to read in one sitting. It is a journal in which you are given different activities to improve your happiness. Some are reflective exercises. Other suggest an journal prompt to complete then review after a specific time period - days, weeks, months, or more. Rereading your entry allows you to see how your life, goals, and happiness have changed during that time period. It offers different ways to help express your happiness. It encourages you to try all of the techniques to find which one or ones are preferable to you. One of the entries I have been doing for years. For homework for a Positive Psychology class, you needed to think of 3 good things that happened that day. It is a great exercise. One of my favorite entries is the Newness Challenge. It suggests you try something new every day for a month. I have been trying to learn something every month for years. It is challenging but fun. Review published on on 3/17/19.
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
What a lovely dairy. The Happiness Diary by Barbara Ann Kipfer is short, sweet and delightful. The author encourages us to daily walk the path of our own type of happiness. The exercises are useful and easy. I found the pie chart, mindmapping activities and mindfulness reminders especially practical and useful. Five stars!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This book LOOKS happy from front cover to back. Each page has illustrations, simple activities and ideas to find personal happiness and then increase it. I have to say that with a husband who teaches emotional intelligence, leadership and mindfulness I did not really find anything new for myself to incorporate into my own journey but did come away with some ideas to put into my daily journal that will enhance it. If you are looking for in-depth information on happiness and mindfulness with explanations and definitions then this book is probably not for you but if you would like a simple book that will encourage you to think and look into your life a bit then this might be the perfect book to keep by your bedside and do an activity in daily or weekly for awhile and see how it impacts your overall happiness quotient. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto – Four Winds Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars