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

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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. 
 

About Gretchen Rubin

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GRETCHEN RUBIN is the author of several books, including the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Harmony. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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A well-meaning but not especially insightful guide to deriving greater satisfaction in life by feeling "more at home, at home."

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In her sophomore effort, Rubin (The Happiness Project) narrows in on a single element of happiness: the home. Whether it's decluttering her apartment, falling in love with fragrance, or trying to bett

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In her earlier book The Happiness Project, Rubin dedicated each month for a year to a theme (friendship, work, etc.), each accompanied by “a handful of modest resolutions.” In this sequel, spanning Se

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In her earlier book The Happiness Project, Rubin dedicated each month for a year to a theme (friendship, work, etc.), each accompanied by “a handful of modest resolutions.” In this sequel, spanning September through May, Rubin narrows her focus to strategies “to feel more at home, at home.â...

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In her sophomore effort, Rubin (The Happiness Project) narrows in on a single element of happiness: the home.

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USA Today

Subtitle: "Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life".

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BookPage

The wonderfully thought-provoking Happier at Home isn’t about making your home prettier or less cluttered—although Rubin does devote some time to ridding her home of “things that didn’t matter, to make more room for the things that did.” Rather, she spends nine months focusing on what she conside...

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She provides a terrific overview of how she conducted the Happier at Home project over an academic year and explains well what worked and didn’t work for her.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Rubin advocates de-cluttering and encourages ways to incorporate enjoyable objects into living and working environments to increase productivity.

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Joy's Book Blog

Book: Happier at Home by Gretchen RubinGenre: Self-helpPublisher: 2012Publication date: 2012Pages: 273.

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Psychology Today

Happier at Home chronicles Gretchen Rubin's second personal happiness project (Her first happiness book is called "The Happiness Project").

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