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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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    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 01-06-16
    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 01-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I love Gretchen's writing!"

    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!

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    Linda St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 10-08-15
    Linda St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 10-08-15
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    "Love it"

    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.

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    Yuliya Novosibirsk, Russia 04-11-15
    Yuliya Novosibirsk, Russia 04-11-15
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    "good book for married women"

    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.

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    Emma 05-07-14
    Emma 05-07-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this one too!!"
    What did you love best about Happier at Home?

    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.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Happier at Home?

    Being more focused on what I can do in my home, to make my home life happier.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done Gretchen!! Can't wait for your next book.

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    Adelaide 07-16-13
    Adelaide 07-16-13
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    "Good book."
    Would you listen to Happier at Home again? Why?

    Yes, but probably only if I could borrow it from the library. This is a good book and a good listen overall. The narrator was pretty effective UNTIL she was called to do children's voices. it was honestly so painful that we had to turn it off. That was unfortunate because rest of the book and the narration were good quality.


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    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13
    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "So useful!"

    This book is packed with useful ideas, thoughts, suggestions to take responsibility for making our homes happier and healthier. Love it! Now I intend to listen to "The Happiness Project."

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    Debra Grant, FL, United States 01-08-13
    Debra Grant, FL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Gretchen Rubin wrote this book to me!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Happier at Home to be better than the print version?

    Although I have both happiness books in print, I own them both on audible. I love listening to the books many times because it really helps solidify things for me. Whenever I do not have an audio book, I turn on Grethchen';s books again even though I have already listened to them many times. I feel like I am talking with a friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love how honest Gretchen is about how she feels as she goes through her daily life.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    I like the simplicity of her voice. It is clear and easily understood. This is not a book to be done with drama and she is a perfect reader for this.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like the book was written to me. Gretchen's first book helped me a lot and helped me look at things in new ways. This book hits things right on the head and really put me in my place.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot and for a book to give me new ideas that I had not though of before is saying a lot.

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    Kathryn Mount Pleasant, SC, United States 12-11-12
    Kathryn Mount Pleasant, SC, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2017
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    "The narrator was annoying"
    Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Kathe Mazur?

    probably not... I couldn't get through this audible book. I think it may have been better if it was narrated by the author. She read the introduction and had me excited about the book. But then Kathe Mazur started reading and it was driving me crazy. She read too slow and seemed to make the book sound much more serious than I had originally thought it would be.


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    Gabelle Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-13-12
    Gabelle Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-13-12
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    "Simple and effective"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a relaxing meditation that puts things in perspective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's ok to take about our possessions! ha ha ha... in this world of materialsim, all litterature talks about how bad it is and how we shouldn't be materialistic. That chapter, reminds us that some materialism is totally ok. She's good at taking layers of guilt off.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is good and she puts some feeling into it. It's easy to understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldnt watch that film


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    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-22-12
    Jeffrey Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-22-12
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    "Great book! Such a fun read!"
    If you could sum up Happier at Home in three words, what would they be?

    Really Wonderful Ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to this book, and I always enjoy listening to Kathe Mazur. She makes it come alive for me, and I always trust her.

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