For Your Consideration: 7 Reasons to Read “Happier at Home.”

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

My new book, Happier at Home, comes out in a few weeks–on my wedding anniversary, which seems auspicious for a book about happiness at home. If you read this blog, I hope you’ll consider reading it. “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.

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, is the foundation of happiness.  It has a more specific focus and carries ideas further. My sister, in fact, says she likes Happier at Home better than The Happiness Project.

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).

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!

If I’ve convinced you, and you’re so inclined, pre-orders gives a big boost to a book by creating buzz among booksellers and readers. So buy now! Holiday gifts for friends and the whole family!

As a thank-you for people who pre-order, I created a fun one-page guide onPatron Saints.” You can request it here. (And, truth be told, you can get it even if you don’t pre-order.)

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 an excerpt from the chapter on “Time”

listen to a clip from the audio-book

watch the Behind-the-Scenes video (though you’ll enjoy that more after you’ve read the book)

  • Ha ha! Your blatant self-promotion worked! I have The Happiness Project, and love it, but thought I could get along without Happiness at Home. And now . . . having read your words above as well as the excerpt on “Time”, well, I want your new book! Ordering tout de suite! Good job, Gretchen! : )))

    • gretchenrubin

      Awwww, thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Vicki

    You had me at “three flavours of hurry” in your Time excerpt! The Happiness Project is the only book that remains permanently in my nightstand. I can’t wait to add Happier at Home next to it! Just pre-ordered it. Love love love your writing.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much for those kind words! THANKS.

  • Jeanmarie DiTaranto

    Pre-ordered last week after reading the excerpt on Time. “Suffer for 15 minutes” has become my new (and extremely helpful motto). Looking forward to the rest!

    • gretchenrubin

      Excellent! very happy to hear that you enjoyed the excerpt.

  • It’s interesting to see that even established authors/bloggers like yourself need to work your asxxx off to promote new stuff.
    Shows how brutal it is to get something “out there”.
    I think you need to really show what’s new and unique about the book compared to what you’ve already done. Book number two has the label “more of the same” written all over it by default.
    Good Luck with Happier at Home!

  • Jannine

    I kind of don’t want to pre-order it because I want to see you at Barnes and Noble and buy it there to have it signed. I am so looking forward to your book, The Happiness project changed my life and the way I see things now. Super excited for this one. Thank you for writing a second one.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much! I look forward to meeting you in person.

      • jannine

        Thanks Gretchen, I found your book today! super excited!

  • I already preordered because what could be more important than our home life? A meal out would cost more, but how much more valueable is the knowledge to make the core of our lives more sustaining? Gretchen, I choose your book over others on the topic because, not only is your writing a pleasure, but you are so real and unpretentious, I feel like I have a fellow traveller in my quest for a better life. ( one I can underline and highlight, and lend to my friends!) Keep bringing the content, and I will keep reading.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much for these kind words and enthusiasm! I hope you enjoy the book.

  • Jannine

    Today I went to Strand to get The Fussy Baby Book by Dr. Sears and I decided to go to the basement to see if there was a copy of the Happiness Project hard cover ( I have the paperback) and to my surprise Happier at Home was there! next to the happiness project! I was beyond excited, had a huge grin on my face as I made the line to pay, I felt I wanted to scream – Happier at Home! Happier at Home I have a copy of Happier at Home! I cannot wait to start reading it now. This was my lucky lucky lucky day!

  • KatieB

    You talk often about how you so strongly connect to the ideas of Samuel Johnson when your lives/time are so vastly different. I feel the same when I read you. Strong, strong connection to someone who’s life is totally different from my own — to me this means you write the truth which is not so easy. The Happiness Project has truly changed my life and everything you write makes me think about my own values and whether or not I am living them. You do not need to sell me. Your writing does that for you. I wish you good luck in this book’s new launch. You are awesome.

    • jannine

      I couldn’t agree more with what you said, totally different life, strong strong connection.

  • Adam

    I’m really excited for the new book! I must say, though, that I’m disappointed that it’s not narrated by you, Gretchen! You did an awesome job on the last one.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks! That’s so nice to hear. I figured for this one, readers would appreciate having a professional reader — but I’m glad to hear you liked hearing me do it. It was a lot of fun to record it. I sat in the chair that Jim Dale used for the Harry Potter books!

  • Laura in Pittsburgh

    I pre-ordered Happier at Home and am so excited for it to arrive!!! Thank you so much for the great gifts you sent us in the mail for pre-ordering. They made me happy for sure! Your chapter on Time was excellent and I am looking forward to the rest of the book.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and kind words! I hope you enjoy the book.

  • Angella

    this is a great tip Gretchen. I am always pulling muscles early in the morning – usually in my back or shoulder blades – just from doing silly things like scooping the dog food out of the bag into the bowls. I am going to try to incorporate a stretching routine into my mornings. I also get up at 6am.

  • Erin

    Done and done. It will be a wonderful treat at the beginning of autumn, a time that I find particularly introspective.

    • gretchenrubin

      I hope you enjoy it!