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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    In the last month, I read both The Happiness Project and Happier

    In the last month, I read both The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Consider me a convert. In Happiness Project, Rubin explores the theories of happiness and focuses on a different aspect each month. She creates resolutions tailored to her life and I learned a lot about myself in reading where her monthly goals took her. In Happier at Home, Rubin focuses on exactly that: happiness in the home.

    In showing her desire to be happier at home, Rubin also appreciates how much happiness is there already, from relationships to possessions. She also defines happiness leeches, which is a resonating concept. She shows how some of the things which make us happy require a little unhappiness in the process, such as completing menial tasks. I get this: I know I'm happier once I've cleaned my house but I hate cleaning.

    I love Rubin's mix of research, memoir, experiment, and information. While there's much about her happiness projects that simply don't apply to me now, I tucked many tidbits away for future reference. Rubin's story, as well as her commitment to telling readers the ups and downs of her resolutions, empowered me to see where I could seek happiness in my home. And she also enabled me to see areas needing improvement.

    The book inspired me. I've probably brought it up in most of the conversations I've had the past couple of weeks. (I'm sorry, friends. And: you're welcome.) I hope Rubin will keep writing about the subject of happiness. We could all stand to be more mindful of how we impact our own happiness and that of others. And the home is a great place to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    I first read The Happiness Project "secretly" - it see

    I first read The Happiness Project "secretly" - it seemed like a not intellectual enough self-help book for a professional woman. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and then became an avid and open follower of all things Happiness related after Anne Marie Slaughter mentions this book in her landmark article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All". So I did not hesitate to buy and read quickly Happier At Home. It complements her first book, does not repeat advice, follows a similar format, and has absolutely changed my life as a busy physician and mother of 4 school aged children.
    Rubin's suggestions are plentiful - I do not follow nearly all of them, but the few I have put into practice have helped to keep our home running efficiently, and very much lower the amount of yelling at our kids.
    I highly recommend this book to ALL families!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Truly Happier at Home

    Gretchen Rubin share a part of her life in this book. Filled with easy to do ideas for creating a happier life and finding joy within the walls of your home. Being happier at home truly makes you (and your family) happier wherever you go.

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