Book: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
Publication date: 2012
Summary: Happier at Home describes Gretchen Rubin’s second attempt at a happiness project — the first recorded in her bestseller, The Happiness Project. This one focuses more on home and family, less on career and work (although Gretchen works at home, so there’s some overlap).
Thoughts: For some reason, Happier at Home got buried in my To Be Reviewed stack. I finished it weeks ago but I’m just now getting around to writing about it. Vasilly sent me an ARC of Gretchen’s newest book, Better than Before, and it’s at the top of my To Be Read pile — I want to review the older book first so I don’t confuse the two!
Happier at Home didn’t give me any earth-shattering new strategies for life, but it was a helpful review of what really works. I seem to need almost constant reminders and it helps to read them in new packaging because I resent repetitiveness (one of my personal happiness secrets is to find ways to remind myself of important ideas while avoiding repetitiveness). I appreciated the new anecdotes, small ideas that make big impact, and happiness quotes in Happier at Home.
Appeal: Gretchen spends a fair amount of time talking about the difference between the Tiggers and Eeyores in the world. I suspect that Happier at Home is a book for Tiggers who want to be a bit more conscious in their pursuit of happiness. Eeyores will benefit, too, but they’ll have to keep a rein on their cynicism.
Have you read this book? What did you think?