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Social media powerhouse and New York Times best-selling 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.  

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, just listening to a few chapters of this book will inspire listeners to find more happiness in their own lives.   

©2012 Gretchen Rubin (P)2018 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • Ms SL Holte
  • 05-17-22

self indulgent

i loved her first book... this one is waffly and self-indulgent. no actual tips backed by any research, simply gretchen's self-reflection. I couldn't get through it all..

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  • P. Coghill
  • 02-20-22

Unrelatable and self-indulgent

I purchased this after forgetting I couldn’t get through Rubin’s other happiness project book. This time, I could barely make it through the first chapter. I have now returned this book, not making it much further.

An example Rubin uses is a friend who lives in a gorgeous townhouse, presumably also living near Rubin in New York’s upper east side, and finds the glorious mansion too dark, and is made happier by adding a sun room. But, of course. Why didn’t we all think of this?

Before going into this book, you should understand that Rubin is wealthy. American wealthy. Ivy League law, hedge fund and Whitehouse connections wealthy.

If you’re also this wealthy, I congratulate you, wish you well and I hope this book can make you happier. For the rest of us, I would recommend Helen Russel’s “The year of Living Danishly” for some all round good advice about enjoying life more, or Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” in how to find happiness in your home without spending anything.

A final note that the performance of this book is by the author herself. I can’t say if it gets better as it goes on, but at least initially, the delivery is monotonous and either contains multiple mistakes due to misreading her own book, or they are delivered so poorly that any joke, pun or second meaning is lost.

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  • Dee Hosking
  • 05-05-19

Happier at Home

Some practical tips I can utilise straight away. I found myself nodding and smiling at her honest vulnerability a lot.

I enjoyed listening to Gretchen read it herself too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-19

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loved every minute and am going to purchase a hard copy for my gretchen rubin collection/shelf

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  • Laura
  • 09-24-18

Enjoyable light read

I enjoy Gretchen Rubin’s books and podcasts and this one was no different. She does speak about herself a lot but shares some helpful insight as to how people can tailor a happiness project to suit them and has lots of little tips along the way. I found some of the relationship advice a bit questionable and maybe a little misguided in my opinion (especially marriage advice). But as with everything I took the things that resonated with me and I felt could add to the happiness in my life! Always worth considering what I can do better and love being inspired with new things to try out. Overall I liked it and would recommend.

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  • Darryl
  • 09-24-18

Struggled to finish

This was like listening to Grandpa Simpson tell 20 stories in detail to make 1 point. The title should be changed to My Happiness Project because Gretchen simply talks about herself and her family. Made me unhappy, not happy.

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  • Carly Hopgood
  • 09-10-18

Still good

I like Gretchen's stuff but this one seemed lighter than some of her other stuff. Still good just not as meaty.

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  • Susan
  • 08-20-18

I liked the idea of making resolution each month!

I really like the idea of making a resolution each month in a area that we can work to be happier at home!