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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 Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144475775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444757750
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of "The Happiness Project," about the year I spend test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happy, to see what really worked. Happily, the book became a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. My newest book "Happier at Home", releases September 4, 2012.

On my blog, www.happiness-project.com, I write about my daily adventures in happiness.

My previous books include a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill," and one of John Kennedy, "Forty Ways to Look at JFK." My first book, "Power Money Fame S..: A User's Guide," is social criticism in the guise of a user's manual. "Profane Waste" was a collaboration with artist Dana Hoey. I've also written three dreadful novels that are safely locked away in a drawer.

Before turning to writing, I had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, I clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. I live in New York City with my husband and two young daughters.

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PAGES OF JOY: Gretchen Rubin reveals how small changes at home can cheer us up, in her inspiring new book, Happier at Home (Woman and Home)

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Social media powerhouse and New York Times bestselling author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, Gretchen Rubin turns her attention homewards - an entertaining and thoughtful mix of literature, memoir and psychology sure to appeal to her huge fan base.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't read self help books and I don't have a particular obsession with happiness, but when I was given, as a gift, Rubin's first happiness book, the "Happiness Project", I found it very interesting and captivating, so I got this book as well.

Rubin once again explores different ideas about happiness, by first researching both scientific studies, philosophical ideas, and discussing with people what makes them happy, and then by trying these theories herself. I think that what makes Rubin's work special is that she doesn't issue directions and affirmations from her high horse, but makes herself the guinea pig of her own experiment. Like she did with the "Happiness Project", she assigns each month to a specific area of happiness. This time she focuses on ways to be happier at home and her project lasts for a school year, from September to May.

Even though my lifestyle is very different from Rubin's, and probably our only thing in common is our love for reading, I still loved the book. It is written with honesty, a sense of humour, and a great understanding of human nature. Also, Rubin is not afraid to admit what doesn't work for her; I know that for some people it is hard to believe, but meditation or acupuncture don't work for everyone, and I am so glad that I found someone to agree with me. You don't actually have to have anything in common with Rubin to appreciate or even benefit from this book, because it is not a handbook for the reader to imitate her lifestyle and her kind of happiness. Her most important rule is to be yourself and discover what makes you happy. With her books, she provides the tools, the knowledge, encouragement and inspiration, and then it is up to the readers to create their individual Happiness Projects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed reader on 27 Dec 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read the happiness project and loved it. I finished it in two days or so (whilst travelling) and found it motivating and interesting. However, the opposite has to be said for happier at home. I feel that rather than a second book we are being given the same anecdotes, quotes and examples from the first book- with a different title. The photo books being one specific example of this. If you have read the happiness project, then I would save your time and money and try something else. I have found it so repetitive that I haven't even finished reading happier at home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By booksdingle on 23 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved the first book 'The Happiness Project' - this is pretty much more of the same. Nothing new or groundbreaking, but a useful reminder of what she did before really. I like the author, the writing is a bit heavy on research though and its an intelligent read rather than a book you can dip in and out of. Plenty to think about though and if you are already a fan you'll probably find it useful. If you've never read this authors work before go for 'The Happiness Project' instead of this as its more comprehensive
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Eden on 29 Mar 2013
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I love The Happiness Project, so I was really keen to read Happier at Home. The book more than lived up to my expectations and explored avenues that the first hadn't covered.

I love Gretchen Rubin's mix of research, literary examples and examples from her own life. Research data is fascinating but what does it actually mean for the woman or man in the street? Gretchen explores this, but as she says herself, she can only comment from the stance of her own personality. I am fascinated by people's personal interpretations and I think it is this that sets the Happiness series apart. However, for those who want to explore their own feelings on the 8 focus areas there are the guidelines and tools in place to set up their own happiness project.

Definitely worth 5 stars, and I am hopeful there will be another happiness book along soon.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wood on 16 Sep 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved The Happiness Project and was so looking forward to this follow up. I'm a fan of Gretchen and follow her blog. But be warned - this is very thin and adds very little to the previous book. My advice is look carefully before you commit to buy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Lavery on 6 Mar 2013
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if you loved the happiness project then you will love this book. More great tips and projects to make your life that bit happier
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Diagon on 21 Sep 2012
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A fantastic follow up to 'The Happiness Project'. I loved the first book for its easy to swallow advice, humour and relatability (if that is a word). I've lost count of the times I've read different passages, nodding my head in recognition in spite of the geographical (and probably economic) differences between myself and Rubin. I've seen a few slightly negative reviews along the lines that the second book doesn't break new ground. Well, perhaps in terms of overall themes and theories it doesn't. But I think to say that would be to miss the point. The foundations were laid by the first book and have been built upon in the second. You see, this stuff is a bit like a diet book. You're really inspired while you are reading but after a week or two passes you can start to lose focus and motivation. This second book picks you up and sets you off again. I sincerely hope there will be a third book.

The appeal of both books lay in Rubin's voice which is candid, humourous and engaging. Whether intentional or not, the streets of Manhattan waft straight from the page into my small town in England. So to do Rubin and her family. They feel like characters in a book that you just want to hear more and more about.

I'd never buy a self-help book about learning how to increase my happiness but I do love reading about real peoples lives, particularly when they are working towards a particular goal whatever that may be. Any, yes, there is plenty of advice and helpful ideas, some of which I have put into practice with good effect.

I found Rubin's writing utterly gorgeous. Gold stars to you, Gretchen!
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