Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

Happier at Home Kiss More Jump More Abandon a Project Read Samuel Johnson and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life In the spirit of her blockbuster 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 dishw

  • Title: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
  • Author: Gretchen Rubin
  • ISBN: 9780307886781
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 itselfIn 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 happiness in their own lives.

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    1. Long story short, ugh I loved The Happiness Project so much that I became a superfan, and wanted to read all I could about Gretchen Rubin A NY Times article, On Top of the Happiness Racket and a New Yorker Talk of the Town piece about her revealed how much about her home life she d kept from the readers she lives in a triplex in the Upper East Side, and husband Jamie is a senior partner at BC Partners, a hedge fund Nor does she mention that her father in law, known to readers as the sage, affabl [...]

    2. I ve read The Happiness Project several times now, and I always take away something from it than I did in previous readings, so I was very excited to read Happier at Home I was not disappointed I love how Rubin finds ways to enjoy her life without changing her life dramatically And, being a homebody myself, I loved the focus of this book on making ordinary living enjoyable and fulfilling by appreciating what you already have and working to make the home a happy place I think that the ways we [...]

    3. I wanted to like this book It actually makes me a little sad that I really don t I found that this book is so close to being a carbon copy of The Happiness Project that I had a haven t I read this before sensation throughout I haven t read her blog regularly in ages, and I haven t read her other book in quite a while, but still I have the feeling repeatedly that I ve read this before.Many of the resolutions the author picked are the same or nearly the same as her previous resolutions With simila [...]

    4. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from a Dorothy Parker book review Some books are meant to be tossed aside lightly, and others to be hurled violently I did not have great expectations when my turn came up to read this book from the library reserve list I was than mildly irritated by her first book, but since the topic is interesting to me, I decided it would be worthwhile to read the second As expected, this is a gumbo of over thinking, statements of the obvious, passive aggressivene [...]

    5. Dear Gretchen,I read your book I almost threw my Kindle up against the wall while reading your story Reasons Let me count the ways.1 You don t like a lot of things, even though you have access to almost any experience ever possible due to your wealth You hate or fear travel, food, driving, relinquishing control No wonder you re seeking happiness You want for nothing, and therefore, you don t really want anything Except to control everything, of course.2 You re really good at telling people that [...]

    6. Honestly, I felt cranky about this book before I started it I had just finished reading an review that s largely about how rich Gretchen Rubin is husband is a partner is a hedge fund, they own a big apartment in upper Manhattan, etc etc The reviewer was annoyed by this, and, weirdly and surprisingly, I was too Why She has just as much of a right to write a book about happiness as anyone else does, I know I think it s because Rubin never, ever acknowledges how than comfortably off she and her fa [...]

    7. I really didn t like this book At times it was OK and I liked it, but most of the time most of what I read is common sense or something I already knew i.e don t hang onto possessions that don t make you happy Don t roll your eyes Under react to a problem etc A lot of her realizations, I already knew about and I m only 22.She goes into dramatic details on things that don t need that much explaining There are time in the book where she ll make her point and then tell you a story about a conversati [...]

    8. Having read both of Gretchen Rubin s happiness project books, I get the impression that she s a fragile and snappish person She means well, but she falls short of some self appointed ideal pretty often, then punishes herself for it with mantras and rules Mostly, I read this with an air of detached fascination, imagining a frazzled, Type A, controlling woman running around Manhattan making elaborate sets of laws for herself to follow Not a behavior or impulse goes unexamined Wouldn t it be easier [...]

    9. Loved this book You have to read it for yourselfbut here are the top things I learnt You can also access this on my blog sukasareads MISE EN PLACE, French for everything in its place Mise en place is preparation, but it s also a state of mind Nothing is satisfying than working easily and well Having order in my cabinets closets made me feel as though I had time in my day There s a surgeon s pleasure that comes from sheer order, from putting an object back in its precise place A source of clut [...]

    10. Oof I could not get into this book a shame since I liked the first one This one felt repetitious from the first book and much less scientific It felt like Gretchen s opinions about things and ideas of what she wanted to tackle without solid indication of a base in research about why she chose the topics that she did it seemed like she just said okay, I m going to do these nine things not particularly convincing to me To be fair, I only read up to the middle of the first chapter I found that I r [...]

    11. When I read complaints about Gretchen Rubin s original Happiness Project or her new Happier at Home, they center around her having an ideal or enchanted life In some ways, this is true She is not writing about finding happiness amidst financial or marital struggles She is not trying to be happy in a career or location she hates She is not trying to overcome major adversities in her life However, she is not giving advice to people in those situations.She is writing to those, like her, who know th [...]

    12. Everyone in my profession loved Gretchen Rubin s first book, The Happiness Project, so I felt a little cowed by the enthusiasm and never reviewed it for fear of stepping on any toes The first book was well written, exceptionally well researched, charming after a fashion, and so self indulgent that I found myself talking back to the book as if I were talking to the characters in a TV show The book made me feel, in the vernacular, very Grrrarrr So, maybe Rubin s become a better writer, but likely [...]

    13. Honestly, I have no idea how to rate this book If books had paternity this one would have Memoir parents and a Self help grandparent in the lineage The strange thing about this book was it didn t work for me as either a self help book or a memoir, but yet I am supremely glad I read it for the helpful reminders and tidbits of wisdom sprinkled throughout On one hand some of Rubin s discoveries about herself, people and the code that she lives resonated with me For example, her reminder that we are [...]

    14. yeah, just okay i read the happiness project found it o be a bit prescriptive obsessive than i may have preferred so my expectations for this follow up, which is basically a happiness project loosely centered around the home, weren t stratospheric even so, it was a bit of a disappointment now that rubin is a bestselling author, some elements of her personal life are available for public consumption, such as the fact that her father in law isn t just some kindly old grandfatherly character who l [...]

    15. I feel this book reveals about the author s neuroticism then her philosophy I was struck by her little obsessions, flippant dismissal of the opinions of others while acting like her opinions are the gospel truth, and her self absorptions It seems the one has to say they are happy, the less happy they really are This quest for happiness is simply a mask for the desperate boredom of a wealthy woman who has everything, but too little that challenges her Her anecdotes only serve to make her look c [...]

    16. I really liked this I don t agree with everything covered, but there is definitely some great stuff discussed I appreciated the practical tips and tidbits, the use of quotes I love quotes , and the succinct and memorable one liners she uses to summarize a key idea choose the bigger life, act the way I want to feel, make the positive argument, etc I often find these ideas running through my head Many of these things almost seem obvious once they are pointed out, but I probably would not have iden [...]

    17. I have mixed feelings about this book I really liked certain aspects and disliked others But first of all let me explain that As a Christian, I understand that true joy comes from the Lord Happiness is an emotion that comes primarily from good circumstances However, I don t think there is anything wrong with doing little things to boost our emotional happiness as long as we keep things in the proper perspective After all we are supposed be joyful people in the Lord Now about the book I did not c [...]

    18. I enjoyed Rubin s first book, The Happiness Project I thought it was interesting to approach happiness as something you could chart out on a spreadsheet, write reports about, measure and therefore, eventually attain Of course happiness isn t like that, but a lot of us wish it were, thus the popularity of the first book And I did start buying and storing paper towels and toilet paper after reading the first book, as I realized that I was an underbuyer, and that underbuying could create stress an [...]

    19. A couple of years ago, I read Gretchen Rubin s memoir and first offering on happiness, The Happiness Project I was keenly interested in the topic of happiness, but I felt that her whole project was a little forced and contrived at first I know that part of the problem is that I ve read WAY too many books wherein the author takes on something really really hard for a year in hopes of self improvement and then writes about it I m actually a sucker for these memoirs, but the stunt journalism aspect [...]

    20. Fortunately I ended up enjoying this just as much as The Happiness Project I had wondered how much new stuff there would be to write on the subject, but I actually thought she managed quite nicely, and there were even some things I preferred about this book compared to THP of course there were also some things I preferred about THP, but I had expected nothing else.As the title indicates, this book focused on being happy at home It wasn t about changing your life, it was about making your home a [...]

    21. I m afraid Gretchen Rubin has become that unemployed or underemployed friend on Facebook who posts on a sleeting Monday I think I ll stay in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and a stack of Cary Grant DVDs today And you or, okay, I, want to respond that you are delighted they will be warm and cozy while you are shivering waiting for a bus that is 20 minutes late so that you can pay your mortgage, save for retirement, and hopefully keep the public safe from exploding pipelines.This book is about 50 [...]

    22. Written in an engaging and easy to read style, I still felt that much of this was just plain ol common sense How to be happier at home by sections, show affection to those you live with, spend some time each day doing something you love, show interest in others personal interests, etc See common sense, but a good read for those who need reminding or those who are at a lost May find something in it that will help those who are looking for answers and those who are questioning if what they are do [...]

    23. Fans of the show Ally McBeal will know what I m talking about when I say smile therapy this is when John s therapist recommended that he smile , and it would result in a general sense of well being What it actually resulted in was him walking around with a crazed grin and dead eyes as he braved his day s horrors as an attorney I bring this up because a Gretchen Rubin is a Yale educated attorney who almost certainly once watched Ally McBeal and b a lot of her advice boils down to this act happy, [...]

    24. In the last month, I read both The Happiness Project and Happier at Home Consider me a convert In Happiness Project, Rubin explores the theories of happiness and focuses on a different aspect each month She creates resolutions tailored to her life and I learned a lot about myself in reading where her monthly goals took her In Happier at Home, Rubin focuses on exactly that happiness in the home.In showing her desire to be happier at home, Rubin also appreciates how much happiness is there already [...]

    25. I absolutely adored Gretchen Rubin s The Happiness Project I couldn t wait for this to become available, because I am all about HOME I am a true home body, much like Gretchen That said, this book is a major disappointment Happier at Home covers so little new ground that I am puzzled as to why it exists at all why not just put out a new expanded edition of the original The Happiness Project Book MUCH of this is simply a reiteration of her original rules and resolutions And I realize that everyone [...]

    26. Really it s a tiny death to preface a review with it s not terrible How can you not be wary of a book that embarks on a quest to be happier at home It could have easily been a tired sort of humble brag novella like Eat, Pray, Love so I m grateful for small ideas presented as small ideas Nothing earth shattering, but it s ok to point out the little things, that in hindsight are painfully obvious, that can make people happier It just felt a bit formulaic to help the medicine go down Reveal small i [...]

    27. Like many readers here, I enjoyed Rubin s first book, The Happiness Project, and looked forward to ideas in the second book on how I might change my thinking or habits to appreciate the blessings in my own life But also like many readers here, I was disappointed when I finished it There are some obvious aspects of happiness that Rubin does not address Most studies of happiness and well being indicate that spending time outside in nature, whether playing in the park with your dog or kids, walkin [...]

    28. Why, I often wonder, is it difficult to push myself to do the things that bring happiness So often, I know what resolutions would make me happier, but still I have to prod myself to do them Every day, I struggle to give a kiss, to get enough sleep, to stop checking my email, to give gold stars Every day, I remind myself to accept myself, and expect from myself Be Gretchen from Happier at Home by Gretchen RubinI really enjoyed reading Gretchen Rubin s follow up to The Happiness Project which I s [...]

    29. I m very good at making myself do things I don t want to do, but sometimes I m better off not doing those things at all A good book to remind me to be mindful about those things my life is the sum total of my choices How I spend my time, my attitude, and what stuff I choose to have around me all contribute greatly to my happiness I appreciated that the author presents this as a memoir of sorts This is what she did, and how and when she did it, to improve her happiness Several times she points ou [...]

    30. I received happier at home as a first reads giveaway I was excited to receive the book, and had been thinking about picking up her previous book before The book started out well enough, and I was excited to learn some little tips to make my home a happier place My home is a pretty happy place But we have only been here a year, and have a lot to do as far as decorating and making the place homey Anyways I don t feel that the books was true to its title There were a few obvious tips I already kno [...]

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