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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. …

Happier at Home

by Gretchen Rubin

Overall Book 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/LanguageNone

Violence/GoreNone

Sex/NudityNone

Mature Subject Matter:

Chronic illness

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Talk of social drinking

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.