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Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Gretchen Rubin
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PAGES OF JOY: Gretchen Rubin reveals how small changes at home can cheer us up, in her inspiring new book, Happier at Home Woman and Home


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.”
Psychology Today
“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


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 653 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 289 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 144475775X
  • Verlag: Two Roads (13. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Erweiterte Schriftfunktion: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #206.458 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nützlich und unterhaltsam 29. Mai 2013
Von Karin
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Ich habe bereits The Happiness Project sehr gerne gelesen, einige Kapitel auch mehrmals. So ist es auch in diesem Fall. Ich habe sowohl die gedruckten Bücher als auch die digitale Ausgabe, u, sie mobil dabei zu haben. immer wieder greife ich mir einen Absatz oder ein Kapitel und lassemoch davon anregen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Something of a letdown 8. September 2012
Von Library girl - Veröffentlicht auf
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As other reviewers have said, I really wanted to like this book. I loved The Happiness Project, and found it life-changing--in fact, I re-read it at least once a year. I bought copies for family and friends, I recommend it constantly to students in my college writing classes. I love the author and her writing style, too--she is so refreshingly honest, with a wonderfully accessible style.

But this book, which I'd eagerly anticipated since I pre-ordered it earlier this summer, feels more like a diary or a The Life of Gretchen Rubin documentary than a self-help book. I love detail, normally, but so much of this book seemed to be "and then this happened to me, and then I did this." Hard to say how that differs from the first book, but it did--maybe it was the dearth of new insights, or the inclusion of the seemingly trivial (to me, at least). For example, I love scent, too, but the number of pages devoted to Rubin's exploration of smell, including creating a Shrine to Scent, just seemed like an awful lot of attention spent trying to elevate the incredibly mundane.

I do realize that paying attention to the details was a big part of Rubin's prescription for happiness in her very successful first book, and it's hard to put my finger on what made this one less enjoyable. I guess in the end it felt as though this one was rushed--that she put in the effort to record the details, but perhaps not the same effort towards making those details add up to something relevant and useful to the reader. Sort of a "This is what I did" rather than "Here's what to do"--more of a memoir of nine months than the instructional, follow-this-path tone of The Happiness Project. And I love a good memoir--but this wasn't a good memoir, either. It's like she didn't have much significant to say, but still took up a lot of space saying it.

If this is your first Gretchen Rubin book, you may not have the same problem with it that I did--I guess I just loved the first book so much that I had very high expectations. I still do, and will look forward to her next project and her next book. But I probably won't be re-reading this one.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Skip this one, get the original 1. Oktober 2012
Von Debra Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
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I just finished both "The Happiness Project" and "Happier at Home," back to back. I am baffled at how different these books are, yet they appear on the surface to be in the same vein.

The Happiness Project not only gave me great insights and practical inspiration, it also caused me to reflect on my relationship with those around me. I found myself, for the first time in my life, appreciating quotations from great thinkers and contemplating them throughout the day. (I may have to pick up a copy of Walden thanks to Gretchen!) I enjoyed this book so much, as soon as I finished the last page, I turned back to the beginning to re-read and re-enjoy it once more!

However, I had a hard time with Rubin's second offering on the same theme.

1. Repetition. If you've read The Happiness Project, there's really not much new in "Happier at Home." In fact, it was drudgery getting through the first month of her experiment, seeing that she copied much verbatim (!!!) from the first book. I found that borderline insulting, and it almost hindered me from reaching the next chapter. I can't believe the editor didn't at least recommend adding new anecdotes - talk about déjà vu! Throughout the rest of the book, the same quotes and themes are hammered on again and again, despite the fact that The Happiness Project already fully explored them.

2. I couldn't relate. As I read The Happiness Project, I found myself thinking, "wow, I wish I knew the author personally! We would probably make great friends!" But, strangely, I couldn't relate to her at all in this book. I am a stay at home mom who, despite a college education, has chosen to stay home with my children. They are still quite young, so my life pretty much revolves around their needs. The idea of experimenting with acupuncture, creating a shrine to my sense of smell, or spending hours in a library to pursue my passions seems laughable and utterly indulgent. Seeing that the theme centers around "home," I am perplexed why her family didn't play a more weightier roll in her monthly resolutions.

3. Rambling. Oh, Gretchen, it pains me to say this, but so many times I feel as though you are rambling. Many passages are simply unbearably tedious (Do I really need to know all the details of Missouri's guidelines for wills?), or have nothing to offer as far as illustrating your point to make it applicable to the reader.

Do yourself a favor - be sure to add The Happiness Project to your "must read" list, but don't feel as though you are missing out if you skip this sequel.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Portrait of a Woman who has it all and is still unhappy 21. September 2012
Von Mina Barksdale - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 about her, "On Top of the Happiness Racket" revealed how much of her home life she'd kept from readers: husband Jamie is "a senior partner at BC Partners, a hedge fund." Her "father-in-law, known to readers as the sage, affable "Bob," is known to the world as Robert Rubin, the former Treasury secretary, who stepped down last year as an adviser to Citigroup." In Happier at Home, she mentions 'mortgage papers'; owning a triplex in the Upper East Side means you're a millionaire.

It matters that Ms. Rubin is so wealthy because most of the things that affect my daily happiness at home don't even register as a blip on her radar. Money is only mentioned when she mentions the expensive family portraits she ordered for the holidays. In many homes, you have to choose between sources of happiness: we can buy an iPad or go away for a long weekend, but not both; we can go out to eat tonight or I can go on a lavish scent shopping spree (which she does), but not both. In many households, a great source of tension is when spouses disagree about how to save and what to buy. She mentions that she's an under-buyer, but never has to deal with the stress of not being able to buy something, or having to choose between two things. The only restraint that Rubin encounters is not being able to fit in all of her Type-A helicopter mom activities into one afternoon.

It also seems that her family is fortunate enough to hire housekeeping help, since the only chores and home maintenance she mentions are activities like tidying up all of her books, organizing trinkets, making photo albums, and painting the home office. Before "building a shrine," most of us have to do mundane activities like take care of the kids, sweep the floor, clean windows, go grocery shopping, make dinner, do laundry, clean the bathroom, take care of the yard. Doing those things daily--and crossing my fingers that my husband does his share--greatly affect my happiness. *These things are never mentioned in the book.* Rubin's friends don't discuss having to make sacrifices, they discuss truffle oil gone bad.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this book is very much "this is what I did" instead of "this is what you should do." This approach failed for me because Rubin's experience as a millionaire on the Upper East Side means that she is literally living in a different world than I am.

The nuts and bolts of the book are much weaker than The Happiness Project: there's not nearly as much research. She comes across as being very controlling, neurotic and achievement-obsessed; no insights for those of us who have a more relaxed attitude towards life. As a caveat, Rubin has done a great job of curating research, lists and quotes that are relevant, timeless and helpful. A few of these are scattered in the book, but the bulk of the great advice is on her website; skip the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another really helpful book from Gretchen Rubin 30. Juni 2012
Von Jan Dahlin Geiger - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin last year and loved it so much that I gave dozens of copies away as gifts. Since then I've subscribed to her blog and newsletter and enjoy both so much. I was a tad worried that this new book would be mostly a rehash of what I had already learned from her. While there was a lot of familiar material mentioned again, there were so many new ideas that it made this new book well worth reading. Once again, I came away with not only many, many specific ideas for ways to make my own life happier, but the inspiration to want to do so.

This book describes her second Happiness Project, this one running for the 9 month school year of September to May. Here is a very brief overview of the chapters:

September -- Possessions, Find a True Simplicity. I love the way she juxtaposes the truths that simplifying and discarding what you don't need is powerful, but the correctly chosen possessions truly do enhance happiness. As always, she comes up with really edifying ways to categorize things. Those possessions that we really use a lot or those that evoke a strong response (such as a picture of a loved one) are the most satisfying possessions.

October -- Marriage. This was such a powerful chapter to me and once again I am so impressed with Rubin's honesty, her willingness to let us look into the intimate details of her life so we might glean ideas to improve our own. She describes her husband's many fine qualities, and also mentions some of the irritating aspects while describing her own challenges to stay grateful for the good and work around the less favorite aspects. She offers so many specific, helpful ideas. She left me so inspired to copy so many of her ideas.

November -- Parenthood. Like the marriage chapter, even though this was another topic in her previous book, Rubin manages to present all sorts of fresh material here. I particularly appreciated her strategy of setting aside every Wednesday afternoon with her older daughter to have one on one time together doing things they enjoy. It would be interesting to read a book 30 years from now written by her daughters talking about what it was like to be raised by a mom who was so intentional about creating happiness for everyone in the family.

December -- Interior Design, Renovate Myself. She has an extremely helpful section on avoiding happiness leeches and even categorizes them into grouches, jerks, and slackers. She has a magnificent story about a woman who writes down the dreadful things her in laws say and do, as if she was doing research for a future comedy. What an amazing technique for dealing with the grouches who happen to be family and thus unavoidable! She also has a section on moderation versus abstinence that is probably the single most helpful idea I've gotten from her in the last year.

January -- Time, Cram my Day With What I Love. Despite the title, this chapter is less about cramming more into the day than it is about guarding your free time so you actually have time to do what you love and your life is not ruled by email and facebook et. al. She has an idea about suffering with a necessary but unenjoyable task for 15 minutes every day until it is done that I found particularly useful -- I can't wait to implement this one!

February -- Body, Experience the Experience. Another chapter filled with some novel ideas that she had not covered in her earlier book. There's an interesting section on good smells that provoked a lot of "I have to try that" thoughts for me. She also discusses one of her pet peeves, of being interrupted while working or trying to finish something, and how she dealt with it that is very elegant in its simplicity and so very easy to copy.

March -- Family, Hold More Tightly. This chapter covers strategies she uses to connect more with parents, siblings and in laws. I particularly enjoyed the section where she describes how she and her sister found a way to collaborate on a work project and get to have a lot of interaction time as a result.

April -- Neighborhood, Embrace Here. This chapter discusses things like practicing nonrandom acts of kindness, which she argues are an even bigger source of happiness than random acts of kindness. I so agree and I really enjoyed her discussion of this. She also described creating a secret place with her daughter that has me so very envious of her creativity. I can't wait to shamelessly copy her.

May -- Now, Remember Now. This chapter is summed up with her statement that "I didn't want to come to the end of my life and wish I'd paid more attention along the way."

I am very much wired up like Gretchen Rubin, always wanting my life to be the best it can be and to enjoy happiness along the way. I so appreciate her writing as she gives me both specific ideas to implement and the inspiration to want to do so. I am awed by her willingness to put herself out there, providing such an intimate and detailed glimpse into her life, particularly knowing all the jerks and grouches out there who will pounce on her and twist her ideas.

My hat is off to you, Gretchen! This is another exceptional book and I trust it too will spend a good while on the best seller lists.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A Gretch Too Far 18. März 2013
Von Prairie Gal - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book suffers from Desperately Seeking Sequel syndrome. Gretchen has nothing new to say here, so she tries to inject universal meaning into her personal preferences and experiences. It's all Gretchen, all the time - like the scene from "Being John Malkovich" in which the actor's face appears on every single character and the dialogue goes "Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich."

I loved Gretchen's first book, but this one really bugged me. A few examples:

--Her expanding lists of Splendid Truths, Twelve Personal Commandments, ad nauseum. Oh, and let's not forget that "the opposite of a rule is also true." How to keep it all straight? When all else fails, invoke the guideline "Be Gretchen" and do what you wanted to do anyway.

--Endless detailed conversations; minutiae about family and friends; and overdone passages about Gretchen's fascination for miniatures and her collaborative project on the Eleusinian Mysteries. Who cares?!

--Two mindless lists of everyday tips, including gems like "Store leaky items in a plastic bag" and "Replace a light bulb or an empty roll of toilet paper right away."

--All the attention paid to the arrangements of flotsam and jetsam her younger daughter plays with and leaves lying around the apartment. Here in the real world, Mom would say: "Clean up your piles of cr*p already!"

--The way Gretchen's husband refuses to give her "gold stars" - the praise and recognition she yearns for. In this, I agree with her. Why can't Jamie unbend a little bit, to please his wife? Would it kill him to notice her accomplishments and say something nice? Maybe he's so worn out by all her relentless happiness campaigning that he's just trying to control SOMETHING.

--Her younger daughter's hissy fit when Gretchen fails to greet her properly. Gretchen's so concerned with getting everybody on board to "Give warm greetings" that she apologizes to the kid. Too bad "Respect your parents" wasn't one of the Life Rules.

--Her older daughter's favorite activity: making videos and books about herself. Hmm, sounds like a chip off the old block.

I expect we'll eventually see a third book in this series - something like "The Navel-Gazing Project." I think I'll pass.
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