Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

From the Hardcover editionHappier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
Published by Crown, an imprint of Random House

After successfully cultivating more happiness in her life over the course of her first happiness project, Gretchen Rubin came to the realization one day that the most important element of a happy life is her home, and with that in mind, she set up on another happiness project. Her goals were simple – to appreciate more deeply the people and things in her home that already brought her happiness, and to change the things in her home that could increase her happiness even more.

Regular readers may recall that I absolutely loved Gretchen’s first book about happiness, The Happiness Project, so it was practically a given that I’d read this one as soon as I could get my hands on it. I don’t have a whole lot to say about Happier at Home because in many ways it’s very similar to the other book, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

This book is basically Rubin taking the concepts and ideas from the first book, and shrinking them, making them more specific, to focus just on home and family. She works on her relationship with her husband, and with each of her daughters, she cleans closets, she tackles chores she’d put off for years, all the things you’d expect in a memoir about making home an even more homey, happier place.

And I really liked it! I enjoy Rubin’s style and really can relate to her as a person; I think I might have said this after reading the first book, but I feel that we could be friends. I can relate to a lot of the stuff about wanting home to be a more peaceful, happy place – after all, isn’t that what we all are looking for in our homes?

I would definitely recommend reading the first book first, though, as so much of what Rubin talks about is explained in more detail in the first book. But read them both! I enjoyed both of them tremendously and found myself really inspired by many of Rubin’s ideas.