We’d all like to be a little happier – no matter where or who we are, there’s no doubting that niggling feeling in the back of your mind that you could be happier. And with the New Year upon us, it’s time to take control of that happiness.
Gretchen Rubin has done just that with Happier at Home, the follow up novel to her debut The Happiness Project. Gretchen, on the surface, had it all – her children, her husband, her home, and still, one day while doing the dishes, she felt an overwhelming sense of homesickness. What followed was a 9 month project, dedicated to discovering the root of happiness, and the importance of a home to that happiness.
Gretchen divides the book into each of the nine months – September through to May, dedicating a theme to each of those months. With topics from the importance of material possessions and their correlation to happiness, through to the importance of time and the dangers of it slipping away. While Gretchen documents her journey, with personal anecdotes of her family’s reaction and how her changes impacted upon her life, she also gives herself a series of goals for each month with are transferrable to anyone seeking a little extra joy.
The book is fantastically researched – filled with fascinating quotes from varying academics and poets alike on the meaning of happiness. Much of Gretchen’s plights are supported by fascinating academic studies which Gretchen breaks down into bite-sized pieces. Her writing is jovial and friendly, as she discusses navigating the changes and their impact on her life.
A delightful and joyful read for anyone looking to make some change.
Available now: Hachette RRP$29.99.