Gretchen Rubin

Need an Idea for a Gift for a Mother in Your Life?

Need an Idea for a Gift for a Mother in Your Life?

Next Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day in the United States and Canada.

If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a mother in your life, may I self-promotingly suggest one of my (bestselling) books about happiness?

The Happiness Project was a #1 New York Times bestseller, was on the bestseller list for two years, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. In the book, I describe the year I spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. I examined areas like energy, work, play, mindfulness, money, attitude, and eternity.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, to see if you think the book would be a good gift, read here.

Happier at Home was also a New York Times bestseller. I did a second, deeper happiness project -- this time focused on being happier at home. Because if I'm not happy at home, it's hard to be happy.

So, starting in September (the new January), I dedicated a school year — from September through May — to concentrate on the factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, parenthood, body, neighborhood.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, read here.

I love all my books equally, but my sister Elizabeth says that Happier at Home is her favorite of all my books.

Or perhaps a mother in your life is interested in changing her habits? Nothing is a bigger source of happiness than good habits! If so, I suggest my latest book, Better Than Before.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, read here.

Or for something completely different, for a mother who likes to color, there's my coloring book: The Happiness Project Mini Posters: A Coloring Book with 20 Hand-lettered Quotes to Pull Out and Frame.

You could also buy the coloring book in advance and ask your kids to color in a quotation appropriate to the occasion -- such as "The days are long, but the years are short" -- to give to their mother as their gift. Kids love to give handmade gifts, and mothers sure love to receive them.

I know some people think that days like “Mother’s Day” and "Father's Day" are artificial and forced, but for myself, I find it helpful to have reminders to think about the important people in my life.

How about you? Do you embrace these holidays -- or resist them?

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