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

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

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.
One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.

And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already.
So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. 
In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.
Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well. 
With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449014387
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 4.96(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

GRETCHEN RUBIN is the author of the international bestseller The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. A graduate of Yale Law School, Rubin has served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the author of Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at JFK, Power Money Fame Sex: A User's Guide, and Profane Waste. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

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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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
Happier at Home is definitely a feel good type of book. My husband and I have very stressful jobs and three special needs kids - I was definitely looking forward to reading Happier at Home. So far, I have read it one time through without implementing anything. I just couldn't put it down. Now I plan to read it again - one chapter at a time and work towards implementation. I will say much of what is in here though is common sense - but how many things in life do we ignore, regardless of how common sense-like they are. We are busy, lots to do, places to be and responsibilities to meet. I am glad I took the time to read this book. Even if I (or you) don't take what she says to heart - the manner in which the book is broken down is a great place to start with your own "prescription" for a happier home. All in all I give this book 4 stars. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
dragonfangtwo More than 1 year ago
Happier At Home is a second book by blogger Gretchen Rubin. Rubin has devoted much of her life to studying the idea of happiness. She wants to know what makes people happy, and she wants to put the theories into practice in her own life. So, she decides to devote a school year to improving her happiness at home, and along the way she tries to improve the happiness of her family as well. Rubin takes all of the things she wishes to change about her home life and she devotes one month to change each of the aspects. For example, one of the months she devotes to her possessions, and the importance they play in her life. She wants to use them to create beauty in her home, and make her happy in the process. She doesn’t want the things she owns to control her life anymore. This I can’t see fault with. This is just one of her month long projects. There are many more that almost anyone can see the positive reasons to change in their own lives. The writer says she doesn’t feel that this is a self-help book it is just her talking about what she experienced in carrying out her own project. But I disagree. I think this book has the ability to inspire the readers to go out and create their own happiness projects and do what they need to do to make their homes happier places and become happier people. All in all that is a good thing. People need to have more happiness in their homes and in their life’s. I know that reading this book as inspired me to start my own happiness project and anything that can make me happier is something I view as blessing.
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EmBar1 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to get this book to review.  I have seen the great reviews Gretchen got for her first book The Happiness Project.  I have been meaning to read that book too, but I haven't.   What caught me at first was the first paragraph in the book.  It says,  "One Sunday afternoon, as I was unloading the dishwasher, I felt overwhelmed by a familiar but surprising emotion: I was hit by an intense wave of homesickness.  Homesick--why?  Perhaps the hint of some scent, or the quality of the light, had triggered a long-forgotten memory.  Homesick-for what?  I didn't know.  Yet even though I stood in my own kitchen, with my family in the next room". For some reason, I myself have experienced this same feeling.  I have no idea where it comes from or why I am experiencing it, especially when I am already happy with my family and life.  Gretchen goes on to talk about home and what she wants from "home" exactly. So, she goes on to devise a plan for 12 months.  Each month is dedicated to one theme.  The themes are as follows: September-Possessions October-Marriage November-Pay Attention December-Interior Design January-Time February-Body March-Family April-Neighborhood May-Now I think this is a great plan and it's important to spend a month's time focusing on one area in your life instead of feeling overwhelmed at doing them all at once.  I enjoyed reading all of her topics and I think those are areas in my life I would choose to work on also. I had some thoughts as I was reading this book.  I have never been one for self help books.  I think they are great ideas and I see them with great intentions of reading them or thinking that I would enjoy them.  But, as I came to find out along with other books of this nature that I have tried to read, it's just difficult.  I found differences in her life and my life and knew certain things just weren't going to work.  I think she has wonderful ideas and they can work for some people.  I just wasn't open to doing some or trying to make them work in my family.   She did make many good points though.  Some in particular were in the chapter Parenthood.  She talked about setting aside specific amount of time to be together with your children.  She said, "The days are long, but the years are short."  So very true...  If you get so busy with life, the most important thing you can do is make time time for your children.  Whether you have to schedule it in or not!   I also enjoyed her section talking about Warm Greetings and Farewells.  Instead of rushing out the door in the mornings or quickly putting your kids to bed at night, make it a memorable one.  Start the day off with a hug and a kiss.  "That is the most important thing--certainly more important than having an extra few minutes to cross a task off my to-do list." So, overall, in my opinion, I would rate this book 3 stars.  Like I said, it is a good book and can be helpful for those willing to listen and follow what she says.  Gretchen does make some great points and has some great ideas that I will add to my own life.  I would still recommend this book.  Gretchen did a great job outlining it and explaining her plan for bringing more happiness into her life. **I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah to review.  All opinions expressed are mine.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago