A Lagniappe For You (That Is, a Bonus Gift for You).

I have many pet words, such as winkle, chirk, and mellifluous, and one of my favorites is lagniappe: something given as a bonus or extra gift. That’s the extra doughnut in the baker’s dozen, or the prize in the Cracker Jack’s, or the tote bag you get for coming to an event.

Now I’ve prepared a lagniappe for you.

The paperback of Happier at Home is coming out in a few weeks. If you pre-order, I’ll send you a nifty Tips Sheet of  “9 Extremely Quick and Easy Steps to Become Happier at Home.” “Quick and easy,” meaning, steps you can take in the next ten minutes, and that take almost no extra time, energy, or money.

You can pre-order the book here, and you can sign up to get the Tips Sheet here.

To keep this process quick and easy, you don’t have to submit any proof of purchase. I’m doing this on the honor system.  So be honest! Also, if you’ve already pre-ordered, and now you’d like to get the Tips Sheet, go ahead and sign up.

For most of us, it’s a lot easier to be happy when we feel happier at home, and sometimes very small changes can make a big difference.

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  • BKF

    Thank you for the signed book plates and tips sheet- my lagniappes. My favorite word from The Happiness Project was “cunning” when you said your younger daughter collected cunning things and scattered them around the house. I like winkle too.

    Here is a great list of wonderful foreign phrases http://mentalfloss.com/article/50698/38-wonderful-foreign-words-we-could-use-english (including a word for weight gained due to emotional overeating -literally -“grief-bacon” (kummerspeck), a word for “a face in need of a fist”, a phrase for a witty retort that you think of too late – literally- “stairwell-wit” etc.

    • gretchenrubin

      I LOVE the word “cunning.” I use it all the time. So happy to hear that you noticed it!

      I’m off to check out the list right now…

  • melacey727

    Great big words, I like big words, no extra charge if they’re very large, those great big words! – Michael Mark & Tom Chapin

  • Florence

    Hi Gretchen, I bought your Happier at Home (the Australian version with Kikki K) and I have to admit, I do like it even better than the Happiness Project! 🙂 But reading this books makes me also want to go back and revisit Happiness Project, and rediscover this journey again

    • gretchenrubin

      Awww, thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so pleased that my work strikes a chord with you.

  • may

    I read your first book The Happiness Project, which I loved. Last saturday, I bought in hardcover, Happier at Home, (which I did not realize was coming out this past Tuesday in paperback), which I am almost done reading. Your books have influenced me. I understood your need for gold stars and I truly appreciated reading that there are others like I who tend to over think to the point of forgetting to be in the moment. Most importantly, your books have inspired me to persist in my journey for discovering who I am, while being myself (like you said, Be Gretchen), and overcome the obstacles to my happiness including my anxiety and tendency to over think things as well as not letting Eeyore suck me dry. Your books reminded me the reason (since a child) that books are my friends. Thank you! Like you, I love child lit.

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so happy to hear that my work strikes a chord with you. Good luck with YOUR happiness project!