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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]

Gretchen Rubin
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13 Sep 2012

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.

And what does she want from her home? A place that calms her, and energises her. A place that, by making her feel safe, will free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wants to be happier at home, she wants to appreciate how much happiness is there already.

So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicates a school year - September through May - to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort and love.

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.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144475775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444757750
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLD STARS FOR GRETCHEN RUBIN 11 Oct 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 23 Oct 2013
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up 16 Sep 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book more than lives up to expectations 29 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great follow up 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Found it difficult to finish.... 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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gold star (or 5) to Gretchen Rubin 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book's content is very interesting and constructive, I guess.
Published 2 months ago by E Kyu, Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
An enjoyable and interesting read, i strongly recommend both this book and The Happiness Project, to challenge the way you think about your life and the way you live it.
Published 5 months ago by sadey
5.0 out of 5 stars One word "Brilliant"
Book was brilliant. Really enjoyed it. Well worth reading and would recommend (and have to several people) Thought provoking and had a good giggle reading. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gemma L Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Always considered, funny and thought-provoking, Gretchen Rubin seems to be a one-off in her blend of intellectual curiosity, practical sense, passion for her subject and honest... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JessMossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
Another great book with practical ideas and methods for making your home a happier place. Take your time working through it and it will pay off.
Published 7 months ago by Jan Ziervogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I am enjoying this immensely as a follow up to the first happiness project book - so easy to read and many valid comments and ideas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss C
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
I love this book. I started by the hapiness project then bought this one. Gretchen explain how to react in your own life, day to day, and it works.
Published 10 months ago by Serre
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the first one
Her first book is fabulous. So I was really pleased to see she has written another. However, it was pretty more of the same and I stopped reading half way through. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Skidmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit too introspective
Sorry Gretchen, this one doesn't really do the trick. A bit too much like a re-run of the Happiness Project (which is a really good book), and a bit too introspective about the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling
I bought this book because I'd borrowed Gretchen Rubin's first book from the library and really enjoyed it and the reservation queue for this book was so long; but also, because I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Justified Text
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