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Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life

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Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin is a self-help book that encourages readers to cultivate happiness and contentment in their homes. The author offers a variety of tips and strategies for improving relationships, creating meaningful space and rituals, and finding joy in everyday life.

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    The happier-at-home project is about finding happiness in your daily routines.

    Get ready to start a nine-month project of happiness!

    Each month, you’ll focus on a different principle that can make your life at home more enjoyable. If you stick to it, this nine-month plan will have you enjoying your everyday routines and cherishing nearly every moment. Sound good?

    Then let’s get started!

    Creating a happier family is all about adapting your home to both your needs and the needs of each and every family member living there. For example, one particularly creative family with four children installed climbing ropes and monkey bars in their hallway. This made being at home all the more enjoyable – for both the kids and the parents!

    But before you can create a happier home, you need to figure out what needs changing. There are four things that will help you do that:

    First, you have to find out what makes you feel good at home. Is it the pictures or trinkets that remind you of your family? The smell? The lighting?

    Next, figure out the primary factors that make you feel bad at home. It could be anything, from major disturbances to a scary painting in your bedroom that keeps you awake at night.

    Third, ask yourself how you can feel right more often – that is, how you can develop a lifestyle, home and routine that reflect your values and align with what’s important to you.

    Finally, search for ways to develop an atmosphere of growth at home, an approach to life that keeps you focused on maintaining a go-get-’em attitude even after you’ve accomplished a goal. For instance, if something breaks in your home, you shouldn’t just fix it, but also adjust your behavior so that the problem doesn’t arise over and over again.

    Now that you understand the fundamental goals of the nine-month project, our remaining blinks will explore exactly which actions you should take during that time.

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    What is Happier at Home about?

    Happier at Home (2012) is a guide to transforming your home into a sanctuary that reflects your family’s personality. By helping you identify both your and your family’s needs, this book gives you everything you need to start changing your home and family life for the better.

    Happier at Home Review

    Happier at Home (2012) is a thought-provoking book that explores the keys to finding happiness within the walls of our own homes. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With practical insights and experiments, it offers a roadmap to cultivate happiness by focusing on the beauty and simplicity of our everyday lives.
    • By delving into various aspects of home life - from possessions to relationships - the book prompts readers to reassess what truly matters and find joy in the present moment.
    • Through personal anecdotes and relatable stories, the book captivates readers, providing inspiration and motivation to create a happier, more fulfilling home environment.

    Best quote from Happier at Home

    We often dont spend enough time and attention thinking about how possessions could boost happiness...

    —Gretchen Rubin
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    Who should read Happier at Home?

    • Anyone who wants to build the best environment for their family
    • People striving to be happier

    About the Author

    Gretchen Rubin is a highly acclaimed author and the host of Happier with Gretchen Rubin, a podcast about positive habits and happiness. Her books include Better than Before and The Happiest Project.

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    What is the main message of Happier at Home?

    The main message of Happier at Home is finding happiness by making small changes within our homes and daily routines.

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    Is Happier at Home a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Happier at Home is worth reading as it provides practical insights and actionable advice for creating a happier home environment.

    Who is the author of Happier at Home?

    The author of Happier at Home is Gretchen Rubin.

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