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Happier at Home Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Diane 01-31-16
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    "Great content, but Gretchen is more engaging"

    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.

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    Maha 03-17-15
    Maha 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Repetition"

    I felt it was just a repetition of The Happiness Project. Read only her first project, don't waste time on this one.

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    Colleen NEWFIELDS, NH, United States 03-06-14
    Colleen NEWFIELDS, NH, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "waste of money"
    Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Kathe Mazur?

    I really like her first book but this book is just about things that happen in her daily life.
    Waste of money I can listen to almost anything but could not listen to this. It should not really get even one star.


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    Joy 10-05-12
    Joy 10-05-12
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    "Hard to listen to"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Kathe Mazur’s performance?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Powerful Introspection"

    I Love the way her story pulled out my deepest desires for my own happiness.

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    Mom of three in MD 04-09-17
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    "Like others, I want Gretchen Rubin to read instead"

    This narrator is the wrong fit for this book. I so dislike her reading that I will be loathe to listen to another book she performs. She reads it like a dramatic performance, not a personal teaching narrative. I loved the other two happiness books that Gretchen Rubin read. I find this one difficult to appreciate and even just listen to with Kathe Mazur reading. What a shame.

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    Danielle W. 01-19-17
    Danielle W. 01-19-17 Member Since 2014

    Listening to audiobooks is like watching a really, really, really long and way more interesting movie... with my ears.

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    "I wish she'd read her own book"
    Would you listen to Happier at Home again? Why?

    No. I liked the message. I didn't care for the voice over. I had to double the speed of the speaker and it seemed a little condescending.


    What other book might you compare Happier at Home to and why?

    As most self-help books, I'd compare this to anything from Brene Brown.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It'd be better if Gretchen read her own book. I think the message sounds like it has a lot more purpose when read by the author.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I like that she said material things mean something to us. That's the truth. Good to hear that I'm normal and not just another material girl. ;)


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    Michelle D'Angelo 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    great story and ideas to guide others to their own happiness project, I know I will be using the tools provided from the book and the blog.

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    Shirley Woods 08-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the Happy!"

    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!

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    Dora L. Davison 05-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Happiness is not necessarily a new puppy (Thank God!)"

    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).

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