Happier at Home
Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
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|Format:||Paperback, 288 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 13 September 2012|
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, 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.
About the Author
Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project, an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studes, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her well-known blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. Gretchen Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realised that she really wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. The Happiness Project is more than a book and a blog, it's a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from San Francisco to Lexington, Kentucky to Johannesburg, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. Dozens of blogs have been launched by people following Gretchen's example; hundreds of book groups have discussed the book; and rights for more than 35 foreign editions have been sold. The Happiness Project was even an answer on the game-show Jeopardy! Gretchen, an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, has a wide, active following on social media outlets such as Twitter 'twitter.com/gretchenrubin', Facebook 'facebook.com/gretchen.rubin.9', YouTube 'youtube.com/user/GretchenRubinNY', her monthly newsletter, and her daily 'Moment of Happiness' email.
In her earlier book The Happiness Project, Rubin dedicated each month for a year to a theme (friendship, work, etc.), each accompanied by "a handful of modest resolutions." In this sequel, spanning September through May, Rubin narrows her focus to strategies "to feel more at home, at home." A goal for her for September was to glean more happiness from her possessions by arranging and spotlighting meaningful possessions and getting rid of meaningless stuff. Resolving to cultivate a shrine, Rubin transformed areas of her apartment into places of super-engagement such as painting wisteria climbing the walls of her tiny office. In October, Rubin's thoughts turned to her 16-year marriage, and she started kissing her husband more often, took driving lessons to share motoring responsibility, began thanking him for tackling chores, and focused on being cheerfully accommodating. Other months concentrated on parenting, time management, body-related resolutions, parents and siblings, and neighborhood. Although it lacks the freshness and originality of her earlier book, this perceptive sequel offers elegant musings about the nature of happiness combined with concrete ways to make the place where we sleep, eat, and watch TV truly a home. Illus. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Company. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for "The Happiness Project"
"Once you've read Gretchen Rubin's tale of a year spent searching for satisfaction, you'll want to start your own happiness project and get your friends and family to join you. This is the rare book that will make you both smile and think--often on the same page."
-Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of "Drive"
"A friendly, approachable, and compulsively readable narrative that will not only make you want to start your own happiness project but will also make you want to invite Rubin out for a cup of coffee."
-"San Diego Union-Tribune
"For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin's book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written."
"-The Cleveland Plain Dealer
""The Happiness Project" made me happier by just reading it."
"An enlightening, laugh-aloud read...Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin's] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor."
-"Christian Science Monitor
"Whether you devote a day or a year, "The Happiness Project "can give you the tools to find lasting fulfillment."
"Gretchen's compelling voice, great stories, and first person-perspective...make the book simply irresistible."
-Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of "Weird Ideas That Work"
"A cross between the Dalai Lama's "The Art of Happiness "and Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love, "seamlessly buttressed by insights from sources as diverse as psychological scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, Gretchen Rubin's book is one that readers will revisit again and again as they seek to fulfill their own dreams for happiness."
-Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness"
|Publisher: ||Two Roads|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 13.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.31 kg)|