In the spirit of her blockbuster number-one New York Times best-seller 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.
©2012 Gretchen Rubin (P)2012 Random House Audio
I'm a big fan of Gretchen and her work, but I really struggled to get past Kathe's narration. Gretchen's passion and sincerity make all the difference from a listening perspective. I do not intend to suggest that Kathe is a terrible narrator. I delight in listening to Gretchen narrate her own works.
I found this book very hard to listen too. My suspicions are the physical book would be more engaging. Gretchen's books are amazing and it was likely just the format I chose to listen.
I found this particular 'read' tough as it was life help vs a novel. Perhaps that was the issue. Novels are better on audio format for me.
So many truths in this book! I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it! I am a happy person pretty much, and it enforced some
things I have seen before.....be happy!
Gretchen Ruben, author of "The Happiness Project," has now turned her attention to creating more happiness at home. She decided to spend one school year on this project as her youngest child has started school. She decided to work on relationships, interior design, possessions, marriage, parenthood, neighborhood, body, and now.
I loved the accessibility of this book. None of the things that Gretchen does to make her life happier are too time consuming, costly, or onerous.
Probably the most expensive thing that she did was having wisteria painted on the wall of her windowless office. I think that this paid off in increased production in her writing. Some things cost her nothing but practice such as getting rid of the mean mommy look which even her husband deemed cringeworthy. A couple of cute things that she did for her children was to randomly practice celebrating their birthdays with mini cupcakes and she also would make special breakfasts for holidays such as Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.
This book would be good for anyone who is interested in bringing a little more happiness into her life and the life of those she loves. (Even though I used the female pronoun, this book would work equally well for men).
I read all three of Gretchen's happiness books in the last two years. I started with The Happiness Project with my book club two years ago. I then listened to Better Than Before on Audible and it blew me away! Gretchen has thoroughly tapped into living life fully and getting the most of each day! I listened to Happier At Home most recently and it was excellent. I am going to have to relisten when I can take notes! One small issue I had was it was not Gretchen's voice this time. I had grown used to her frank manner in Better Than Before on Audible, so Kathe's reading, although lovely and eloquent, was not quite Gretchen. I kept imagining how Gretchen would have emphasized a point and then miss the next point. I spend 1-2 hours driving each day, so Audible is a great way for me to keep learning!
Love the book, but should have been read by Gretchen Rubin. This reading was too soft and "late FM" which is really not Rubin's style.
This book is about everyday life and marriage. Gretchen Rubin wrote her thoughts and ideas about how to be happy at home and how to make your home more homey. I like books about life, love, marriage so I like this book.
Like the first book, it really helps you to connect to who you really are in able to help you focus on the things that make you feel good, while removing the things from your life that make you feel bad.
It was very different. It makes the whole book feel less personal than the first book, but she did a great job of quoting the girls.
Being more focused on what I can do in my home, to make my home life happier.
Well done Gretchen!! Can't wait for your next book.
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