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Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin {Book Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

On the back cover of this book, one line jumped out at me:  “With her signature blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation, [Gretchen] Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page…”, and I could not imagine a better way to describe the overall style of this book.  From first glance, one might think that this is a self-help book, with lots of guidelines and checklists for proven theories and time-tested ideas.  Not the case!  I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to read and was amazed by how quickly I was drawn in to Rubin’s life.

Some might also imagine that this book is written for stay-at-home moms by a stay-at-home mom. Not the case, either!  I loved the quotes peppered throughout the text, which setsHappier at Homeapart from other memoirs or autobiographies.  The research that went into this experiment provided a sense of professionalism that, no doubt, comes from Rubin’s background as a lawyer.  Rubin’s ideas stretch across gender, age, experience, and position in life to make them applicable to many readers and not just a select group.

The organization of this book allowed me to remember the points to work on while enjoying the experiences she recounts — each chapter focuses on one element of Rubin’s life at home, and each element is broken down into 3-5 goals that she set for herself each month.  These goals are listed at the beginning of each chapter, and bold titles section off the writing within the chapter.

My favorite chapter is “Time” where Rubin focuses on finding small ways to improve the use of time for her and her family.  As a mother of two young boys, I know how quickly moments flee, while (at the same time) the day also can feel like it drags on forever; I was especially drawn to her goal of “suffering for fifteen minutes”.  It’s not uncommon for me to put off a task or chore for hours or days, only to find that it doesn’t usually take more than the fifteen minutes.  The focus of this goal, though, was not just to make sure to unload the dishwasher or fold the laundry, but to also tackle large projects — like making a photo book, in Rubin’s case — in just fifteen minutes a day.

Although I wouldn’t categorize Rubin’s book in the self-help genre, there’s no doubt that I felt inspired to make some of the changes and try the same goals that she had set.  The end result to me was fabulous — I had enjoyed gaining a glimpse into another person’s life and was, in turn, encouraged to find ways to be happier at home myself.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone and would suggest that you take a look at some of these links in the mean time:

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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