Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happier at Home; By Gretchen Rubin

Happier at Home, is about simplifieing your life, making your home a happier place to be.

The back of the book reads;
"One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick—why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.
And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her, and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks. Also, while Rubin wanted to be happier at home, she wanted to appreciate how much happiness was there already.
So, starting in September (the new January), Rubin dedicated a school year—September through May—to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.
In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she spotlight her family’s treasured possessions? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.
Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well.
With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire readers to find more happiness in their own lives."

I really didn't like this book. At times it was OK and I liked it, but most of the time (most of what I read) is common sense or something I already knew (i.e. don't hang onto possessions that don't make you happy. Don't roll your eyes. Under react to a problem. etc.) A lot of her realizations, I already knew about and I'm only 22....
She goes into dramatic details on things that don't need that much explaining. There are time in the book where she'll make her point and then tell you a story about a conversation that she had with someone and that conversation is like re-reading the first part of that chapter.  
She talks about herself a lot in a way that makes her sound high and mighty.
I feel like the author, by her details (and lack of details) that she much be rich, or at least well off.... She comes across as being very achievement-obsessed; no insights for those of us who have a more relaxed attitude towards life...She also quotes A LOT of other books in this book. Pages 265 to 273 are books she recommends. 
Honestly, if you skip to page 263, "The Eight Splendid Truths", that one page, listing eight things, sums up the book. 
The book was a easy read, I guess, but as I said, she goes into such details on trivial things...the book really could of been half the size (instead of 263 pages, it could of easily of been 130).

To sum up my review, I feel like she didn't give any original thoughts to this book. Most of what she uses, the ideas and quotes, come from other books...Too much recycled material and too much self-promotion...I was never excited to pick up and read this book, though it's written in a way that makes it an easy read, it just wasn't that good...I didn't read the "first book", "The Happiness Project," but she references it, A LOT, and the feeling I get from this book is that they probably are extremely similar. 

Book Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8bR3BjpHUg&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1

More Information:
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/209400/happier-at-home-by-gretchen-rubin

And the Authors Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/GretchenRubin

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Your Country Rose,
Gabrielle W.
"The Lord directs the steps of a christian. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalms 37:23-24 

 

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