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Published on Jul 10, 2012

http://www.happiness-project.com As she conducted the year-long project that became The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin realized that her home, in all its aspects, was the most crucial element influencing her happiness.

So, starting in September (the new January), Gretchen dedicated a school year—from September through May—to concentrate on the factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, parenthood, body, neighborhood. How can she control the cubicle in her pocket? How might she highlight her family's most treasured possessions? How, for so long, had she overlooked the importance of the sense of smell? And it really was time to replace that dud toaster.

As in The Happiness Project, each month has a theme and finds Gretchen experimenting with several concrete, manageable resolutions meant to boost her happiness. With her signature blend of memoir, research, and experimentation, Gretchen'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.


  1. 82

    Story: You Can Choose What You Do.

  2. 83

    Story: You can be generous by taking.

  3. 84

    I Don't Know How To Start My Happiness Project

  4. 85

    Gretchen Rubin on Katie

  5. 86

    I Don't Have Time To Read For Fun.

  6. 87

    I Check My Email Constantly

  7. 88

    The News Makes Me Unhappy

  8. 89

    "I'm a Perfectionist; I Fear Failure."

  9. 90

    Gretchen Rubin on Global Toronto's, The Morning Show

  10. 91

    "I Get Distracted When I Work From Home."

  11. 92

    I Dread Errands

  12. 93

    Hate Your Commute? Try Audiobooks.

  13. 94

    Gretchen Rubin on the Today Show 9/5/12

  14. 95

    Gretchen Rubin on Hoda & Kathie Lee 9/5/12

  15. 96

    "I Spend Too Much Time on TV and the Internet."

  16. 97

    "I Have Great Ideas, But No Time To Execute."

  17. 98

    "It's Hard For Me To Think Positively."

  18. 99

    "Happier at Home" Book Trailer

  19. 100

    "What Little Treats Do You Enjoy?"

  20. 101

    "I Can't Organize My Mail."

  21. 102

    "I Catch Other People's Bad Moods."

  22. 103

    "I Am A Severe Under-Buyer."

  23. 104

    Gretchen Rubin - Five Half-Truths About Happiness

  24. 105

    "How to Organize My Notes?"

  25. A Look Behind the Scenes.

  26. 107

    "Everything Gets Piled Up."

  27. 108

    Cell Phones Make Me Crazy.mov

  28. 109

    The Years Are Short

  29. 110

    "I Want An Uncluttered Life."

  30. 111

    "Help! The Snooze Button!"

  31. 112

    "I Envy My Friends."

  32. 113

    "I Want To Make Time For Fun."

  33. 114

    "I Say Yes; I Want To Say No."

  34. 115

    "No One Appreciates Me."

  35. 116

    "I Waste Time On Mindless Things"

  36. 117

    "I Don't Know How I Want My House To Look."

  37. 118

    Gretchen Rubin on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien

  38. 119

    How Can I Make My Morning Easier?

  39. 120

    "I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls."

  40. 121

    "I Can't Get Rid Of My Stuff."

  41. 122

    "Difficult People Drag Me Down."

  42. 123

    "How do I stop TV from stealing my time?"

  43. 124

    Kathie Lee & Hoda discuss The Happiness Project

  44. 125

    "Why am I Always Late?"

  45. 126

    "I Can Never Get To Bed On Time."

  46. 127

    Gretchen Rubin on @Work

  47. 128

    Gretchen Rubin on the TODAY Show

  48. 129

    "Fun Is Pushed to the End of My To-Do List."

  49. 130

    "I'm Overwhelmed by Big Projects."

  50. 131

    "I Can't Make Myself Exercise."

  51. 132

    Introducing the Pigeons of Discontent.

  52. 133

    "I Feel Discouraged By My Messy House."

  53. 134

    First Things First

  54. 135

    A Key to Happiness: Love.

  55. 136

    Know Yourself.

  56. 137

    Build Strong Relationships

  57. 138

    Remember the Dog That Doesn't Bark.

  58. 139

    Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life.

  59. 140

    Make the Positive Argument.

  60. 141

    Gretchen Rubin on The Early Show

  61. 142

    Follow the Threshold Ritual.

  62. 143

    Hug More, Kiss More, Touch More.

  63. 144

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  64. 145

    Listen to Your Favorite Upbeat Song.

  65. 146

    Go outside.

  66. 147

    To Boost Self-Control, Beware the Licensing Effect.

  67. 148

    Use Convenience to Your Advantage

  68. 149

    Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

  69. 150

    To Increase Self Control, Boost Your Energy level

  70. 151

    Call up past memories.

  71. 152

    Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

  72. 153

    Make Something By Hand.

  73. 154

    Take Time for Projects.

  74. 155

    Force yourself to wander.

  75. 156

    Do Something Every Day.

  76. 157

    Gretchen Rubin on Today

  77. 158

    Spend out.

  78. 159

    Read the manual.

  79. 160

    Go Shelf by Shelf.

  80. 161

    Cultivate a Shrine.

  81. 162

    Gretchen Rubin On CBS Sunday Morning

  82. 163

    Observe the One-Minute Rule

  83. 164

    Suffer for 15 Minutes.

  84. 165

    Re-Evaluate Your Mantras.

  85. 166

    Set Aside a Specific Time for Something That's Important to You.

  86. 167

    Make the most of your photographs.

  87. 168

    Gretchen Rubin on the Nate Berkus show

  88. 169

    Keep a File Box.

  89. 170

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  90. 171

    Keep a Milestone Journal.

  91. 172

    Keep a One-Sentence Journal.

  92. 173

    Manage Pain.

  93. 174

    Gretchen Rubin talks about happiness and how to be happier: 1/12/2011

  94. 175

    Your Body: Get SOME Exercise.

  95. 176

    Your Body: Get Enough Sleep.

  96. 177

    Self-knowledge: Do What You DO.

  97. 178

    Ask yourself: Whom do I envy? What do I lie about?

  98. 179

    Self-knowledge: Imitate a Spirtual Master

  99. 180

    What Did You Do For Fun When You Were 10 Years Old?

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