Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, And My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life (Unabridged)
by Gretchen Rubin
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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.
Started strong - then became self serving
The book started with some helpful advice and some interesting stats, but toward the end, she sounded like the whiney, self-serving, entitled person the other reviewers complained about. When she gives herself a gold star for picking up a water bottle and writes about that as a big happiness booster, please! Most of us do that and don’t give it another thought - it is part of what we do to make our environment nicer, not what we do to earn kudos, and we certainly don’t need to yammer on for days about it! She couldn’t stop talking about how she now goes out of her way to notice people she sees - like grocery store clerks, the ones she’s seen every day for years! Hello! Most of us make a point of not snubbing these people in the first place! I started listening for tips and finished the book “hate-listening”.
Great book, don't care for the reader
Let me preface by saying that I love Gretchen's books. I've read The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better than Before. I love them all. I was so disappointed when I realized that Gretchen did not do the reading for this one. The woman that read it sounds like she should be doing a guided meditation and I just could not keep focus on what she was saying. If this was redone with Gretchen as the reader, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Now, I have a thing about voices and while the reader's voice may bother me, it may not bother others.