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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,888 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gretchen Rubin Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dalen | 2/20/2014

    " I was so excited to read this book - I LOVED The Happiness Project as everyone that has talked to me in the last 6 months knows :) But this book...it just wasn't the same. A lot of it was VERY repetitive and it seemed more like her personal journal, full of her very particular whims, than something that is applicable to many different people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miriam Lynah | 2/18/2014

    " I adored Gretchen Rubin's first book on this subject, The Happiness Project, and this follow-up is just as good. She's extremely insightful, but manages to take a very down-to-earth tone that makes you think, "Hey, maybe I could do that too." Inspiring, in a completely accessible sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gloria | 2/16/2014

    " This book seems to be receiving some moderate criticism, but I would argue that any message that urges us to stop, slow down, look around, and examine our feelings and behaviors is worth our time to read. While it is extremely similar to her first book "The Happiness Project" both in tone and content, it is nevertheless filled with practical examples of following up one's inclinations and desires. I will never be able to hire an artist to complete a museum-inspired, custom art piece like Rubin did, but I could certainly enjoy a day at a museum with someone I care about and perhaps purchase a poster. The cue is to acknowledge problems/solutions and act on them. Wish I had her resources, but I also appreciate her efforts to inspire others to live authentically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shari Henry | 2/7/2014

    " Gretchen Rubin did her reading, and then her living, before writing this book. Anyone can learn from the experiences she gained concentrating on her home, the place she discovered as the most important to her in living/writing her her first book, The Happiness Project. Her truisms apply universally - things like "give myself limits to give myself freedom" and "plan ahead to be spontaneous." Those areas in her home she tackles are more specific to her life, but you'll glean from them as well. So, walk with her as she thinks through and cleans up (figuratively and literally) various areas of her life, including possessions, marriage, parenting, and interior design (renovating herself). This book is more practical than most self-help types; read, enjoy, and do. You're likely to find some happiness along the way. "

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