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Happier at Home

“Of all the elements of a happy life,” Rubin concludes in this instant New York Times Bestseller, “my home is most important.” Starting in September (the new January), she spends a school year – September through May – applying the lessons of science, philosophy, and common sense to make her home a place of greater simplicity and love.

Today! The Paperback of Happier at Home Hits the Shelves.

Warning: Blatant self-promotion to follow. You’ve been warned!

The last day of the year always seems auspicious to me, so I’m very happy that today is the release date for the paperback of Happier at Home. (The publication date for the hardback was my wedding anniversary, so that also seemed auspicious.)

“Um, why should I buy your book,” some people have asked nicely, “when I can read the blog for free?” Other people have asked, “I read The Happiness Project; is this book more of the same?” Here are some reasons to read Happier at Home:

1. One smart friend who has read both said she thought the blog was process, the book was conclusion. The ideas in the book are presented in a more distilled, thoughtful way, and the book framework allows me to tell longer stories and explain more complicated ideas. Also, I can be funnier (or at least, try to be funnier).

2. On the blog, I write about whatever subject interests me that day, so it skips from topic to topic. The book is organized by subject matter: Time, Possessions, Parenthood, Body,  Marriage, Neighborhood, etc. If you’re interested in particular subjects, you can focus there.

3.  The Happiness Project is broad and lays out general principles; Happier at Home goes deeper into the one particular area of life that, at least for me, and I think for many people, is the foundation of happiness.  It has a more specific focus and carries ideas further. My sister, in fact, says that Happier at Home is my best book.

4. If you’ve been enjoying the blog, and you’d like to share it with a friend, you can give the book as a gift. You can’t give the blog as a gift. Or if a friend was a fan of The Happiness Project, you can give Happier at Home.

5. In a book, you can more easily take notes about what applies to you and your happiness project. Underlining, highlighting, and taking notes in the margin allow you to engage with the material.

6. In Happier at Home, I write about many ideas and episodes that I’ve never mentioned elsewhere. Also, I include photos from my own life (which I took myself). No one ever mentions the photos! I got such a kick out of doing this!

7. Many of my readers have written that they want to buy Happier at Home to show their support—a “thank you” for everything I do for free. Which I very much appreciate.

8. The ending of Happier at Home may be the best thing I’ve ever written–and my specialty, as a writer, is endings. I love the ending to this book.

Of course, the book may be of special interest to anyone particularly interested in “home”: college or grad students, recent graduates, empty-nesters, newlyweds, new parents, people who have just moved, people overwhelmed with clutter, people who feel like they have no leisure, single people, people with spouses and/or kids, people with health issues…hmm, looks like that covers just about everyone! Because the fact is, for most people, home is a very significant element of their happiness.

If you’re thinking, “Yes! I’m intrigued! But, Gretchen, how can I learn more about Happier at Home?” well, you’re in luck. You can…

read the chapter on possessions, “Find a true simplicity

listen to a clip from the audio-book

watch the Behind-the-Scenes video or request the Behind-the-Scenes extra. It was so fun to do these–I’d never done anything like this before. Yes, you can know the true story of “artisanal pickles.” All is revealed.

request the one-page book-club discussion guide, also for spirituality book clubs, Bible study groups, and the like.

Thank you as always, dear readers, for your enthusiasm, ideas, and support. You make me very happy.

Blatant Self-Promotion: Paperback of “Happier at Home” Is Available for Pre-Order.

Brace yourself for some blatant self-promotion, folks. I have some big news (well, big for me). The paperback of Happier at Home is available for pre-order.

Check out the new jacket design and slightly tweaked subtitle. What do you think? I love the new jacket.

If you’re considering buying the book, I’d so appreciate it if you pre-order it now. Yes, right away. No delay! A fact about the book market these days is that pre-orders really help build buzz for a book, with booksellers, the media, and other readers. The more pre-orders, and the earlier they come, the better for a book.

If you do order it, I think you’ll enjoy it. Although I love all my books equally, my sister says that Happier at Home is my best book–and it is a New York Times bestseller. (See, I told you I was going to be self-promotional.)

Now, you might think, “I’ve read The Happiness Project. What else can Gretchen Rubin have to say? Maybe it’s just a re-hash.” No! I thought about this very carefully as I was writing. Even if you just finished reading The Happiness Project last week, Happier at Home will be fresh—new ideas, new information, more stories. Where The Happiness Project goes wide, Happier at Home goes deep. Plus: photos! (Which I took myself.)

Of course, it might be of special interest to anyone particularly interested in “home”: college or grad students, recent graduates, empty-nesters, newlyweds, new parents, people who have just moved, people overwhelmed with clutter, people who feel like they have no leisure, single people, people with spouses and/or kids, people with health issues…hmm, looks like that covers just about everyone. Because for most of us, home is a very significant element of our happiness. If you’d like a “Ten Tips for Happiness in Your New Home” signature card, for fun or if you have the audio- or e-book, sign up here (sorry, U.S. and Canada only).

Also, you might think, “I read Gretchen Rubin’s blog.  C’mon, how much does she have to say?” But a book is very, very different from a blog. Ideas can be presented and developed in much richer ways. I tell longer, more interesting stories. I can be funnier (well, I try to be funnier). Also, I think a book is more likely to inspire you to make changes in your own life. In a book, you can more easily take notes about what applies to you. Underlining, highlighting, and taking notes in the margin allow you to engage with the material.

And I have to say, my specialty as a writer is endings, and the ending to this book may be the best thing I’ve ever written in my life. If you want to know more, look here.

I so appreciate the kind words from everyone who has read Happier at Home. I’m thrilled to hear that it’s resonating with so many people. If you’ve read it, you might enjoy the Behind-the-Scenes video or the Behind-the-Scenes extra (email me to request it). It was so fun to do these–I’d never done anything like this before. Yes, you can know the true story of “artisanal pickles.” All is revealed.

I know many book groups are reading Happier at Home, and the one-page discussion guide is ready; it’s also aimed at spirituality book groups, Bible study groups, and the like. Email me to request it.

Many of my readers have written that they want to buy Happier at Home to show their support—a “thank you” for everything I do for free. Which I very much appreciate.

If you’re thinking, “Yes! I’m intrigued! But, Gretchen, how can I learn more about Happier at Home?” you’re in luck. You can…

read an excerpt from the chapter on “Time”

listen to a clip from the audio-book

watch the one-minute video trailer on “Ten ways to be happier at home”

request the one-page book-group discussion guide

watch the Behind-the-Scenes video ( spoiler alert, I reveal the book’s secret motif there)

sign up for personalized, signed bookplates for you or or friends, (U.S. and Canada only, sorry)

Thank you, dear readers, for your enthusiasm, ideas, and support. You make me very happy.

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Happier at Home

21 Day Relationship Challenge

For many people, the element of Happier at Home that resonates most is the discussion of relationships. For that reason, I’ve organized a 21-Day Relationship Challenge.

In just three weeks, you can take many small steps—steps that don’t take any time, energy, or money—to make your relationship more loving.

If you’re intrigued, SIGN UP HERE.


Here’s a screen shot of the email you’ll receive:

Why Should You Read “Happier at Home”?

I have to admit, I love every book I’ve ever written. A writer friend said to me in a commiserating tone, “Don’t you hate looking back at your books? I do!” and I thought, “No, I’m my own biggest fan! I love my books.”

But of all my books, Happier at Home is my favorite. It’s my best book. It certainly has the best ending I’ve ever written—and endings are my specialty. I love the ending to this book.

Now, you might think, “I’ve read The Happiness Project. What else can Gretchen Rubin have to say? Maybe it’s just a re-hash.” Nope! I thought about this very carefully as I was writing. Even if you’ve just finished reading The Happiness Project last week, Happier at Home will be fresh—unfamiliar ideas, new information, more stories. Where The Happiness Project goes wide, Happier at Home goes deep. Plus: photos!

Of course, it might be of special interest to anyone particularly interested in “home”: college or grad students, recent graduates, empty-nesters, newlyweds, new parents, people who have just moved, people overwhelmed with clutter, people who feel like they have no leisure, single people, people with spouses and/or kids, people with health issues…hmm, looks like that covers just about everyone! Because the fact is, for most people, home is a very significant element of their happiness.

Also, you might think, “I read Gretchen Rubin’s blog.  C’mon, how much does she have to say?” But a book is very, very different from a blog. Ideas can be presented and developed in much richer ways. I can tell longer, more interesting stories. I can be funnier (well, I try to be funnier). Also, I think a book is more likely to inspire you to make changes in your own life than a blog.

I so appreciate the kind words from everyone who has already finished Happier at Home (gold star for speediness!). I’m thrilled to hear that it’s resonating with so many people. If you’ve read it, you might enjoy the Behind-the-Scenes video or the Behind-the-Scenes extra (email me to request it). It was so fun to do these–I’d never done anything like this before. Yes, you can know the true story of “artisanal pickles.” All is revealed.

I know many book groups are reading Happier at Home, and the one-page discussion guide is ready; it’s also aimed at spirituality book groups, Bible study groups, and the like. Email me to request it.

Thank you, dear readers, for your enthusiasm, ideas, and support. You make me very happy.