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Happier At Home with Gretchen Rubin

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MY HOME: CIRCA 2008

Happier At Home.  Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.

Don’t you love this title of Gretchen Rubin’s latest book?

I’m all about trying to be happier at home.  I want everyone to be happier at home.  One of the basic premises of my blog is about (you guessed it) being happier at home.   Lots of people have different “angles” or “lanes” as to how to make this happen.   I tend to focus on the aesthetics.   Simply put I like things to look pretty.  That gives me a little kick-start of joy.  My friend, Amy Volk, owner of Simplified Living, www.amyvolk.com, focuses on organizational systems to make life easier and that makes her and many others more ecstatic about their own abodes.

In Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin, methodically tackles a smorgasbord of ideas, above and beyond aesthetics and organizing, to make home feel “homier”.  “I tried all this stuff so you don’t have to”, she writes in her book.  She methodically researches ways to live a happier life—which I would be way too impatient to ever do.  Rubin provides a Cliff’s Notes version of her research, trials, tribulations, and successes.

Possessions and simplicity.  Marriage–Kiss in the Morning, Kiss at Night, Give Gold Stars.  Parenthood—Pay Attention, Underreact to a Problem, Go on Wednesday Adventures, Resist Happiness Leeches.  Time—Cram My Day with What I Love, Go on Monthly Adventures with Jamie (her husband), Control the Cubicle in My Pocket, Suffer for Fifteen Minutes,  Give Warm Hellos and Good-byes, Try Acupuncture, Celebrate Holiday Breakfasts, Be a Tourist without Leaving Home, Practice Nonrandom Acts of Kindness, and Now, Now is Now…

I like her Interior Design chapter.  She turned inward, to her own inner design, her interior design.  If better were within, better would come out.  Simon Patrick, Works.  Sums it up perfectly.  Rubin, is  marvelous at finding the perfect quotes to marry her points with the pursuit of happiness.  Check out http://www.happiness-project.com, you can even sign up to get a “Moment of Happiness” each day—a happiness quote emailed to you each morning! Or check out her book here:

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends.  Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 68.  Here, Here!  I love it.

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