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.

  • Hannah

    I loved the Happiness Project and my personal copy is covered in highlighter and has underlings everywhere. I am excited for Happier at Home and will definitely be buying it in 2014. You are also coming to my hometown on your book tour and I am excited for that as well! 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you enjoy it – and hope to see you in person in January.

  • OurGalFriday

    I stopped by a bookstore today while running errands. I remembered that your paperback version of Happier at Home was coming out “soon,” so I checked for it, found it and purchased it. Didn’t realize that it wouldn’t have been available to me in that format even one day earlier!

    • gretchenrubin

      Excellent. I hope you enjoy it.

      And relieved to here that it is actually in stores!

  • Alexis

    Just bought the book from Barnes and Noble! I finished The Happiness Project about 2 weeks ago (my book club chose it for our January 12 meeting), and I’ve been working on my own Happiness Project. I also subscribed to the Know Myself Better emails, and I’m loving them so far. I’m really enjoying the chance to be more self-reflective. It’s helping me feel more grounded, which has been tricky in my first few months as a “grown up” (I graduated from college in May). I can’t wait to get some more tips from the paperback! Thanks for all you do!

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so happy to hear that my work strikes a chord with you. I hope you enjoy Happier at Home!

  • Shelly Cunningham

    I bought both your books today at, and I cannot wait for them to arrive in my mailbox!!! 2014 will be the year Happiness comes back into my life!!! Thank you for your inspirations both on your blog and in your emails. I can’t wait for your books to change my life!!!

    • gretchenrubin

      I hope you enjoy them both. Good luck with YOUR happiness project!

  • Allie

    Congratulations! Just ordered the book. I only read The Happiness Project this past summer, but it had a huge impact on my life. Looking forward to the focus on my home.

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you enjoy Happier at Home.

  • Eon

    Hi Gretchen

    Love your work! I’m busy with The Happiness project and was planning on buying a copy of your book as a gift for my wife.

    Do you need to read The Happiness project first or can someone jump into Happier at Home directly?

    Thank you!