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Publisher's Note:  

In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller 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.



Happier at Home

by Gretchen Rubin

Review Date:
12/18/2012

Recommended Age:
18+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

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Overall Review:  

Gretchen Rubin gives happiness another go in Happier at Home, a follow-up to her New York Times best-selling The Happiness Project. I love Rubin's reasoning that anyone can enrich his or her home life by making a few small changes. Written in an engaging and cheerful style, Rubin includes plenty of research and philosophical ideology to support her ideas. My favorites of Rubin's suggestions include going on a weekly adventure, giving warm greetings and farewells, and having special holiday breakfasts. Though a few ideas were carried over from The Happiness Project, the majority of the content was new. With the new year rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to read Happier at Home and resolve to make home better! 


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: None

 

Violence/Gore: None

 

Sex/Nudity: None



Mature Subject Matter:  

Chronic illness



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Talk of social drinking



Reviewed By Rachel
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