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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. 80

    Story: You Can Choose What You Do.

  2. 81

    Story: You can be generous by taking.

  3. 82

    I Don't Know How To Start My Happiness Project

  4. 83

    Gretchen Rubin on Katie

  5. 84

    I Don't Have Time To Read For Fun.

  6. 85

    I Check My Email Constantly

  7. 86

    The News Makes Me Unhappy

  8. 87

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

  9. 88

    Gretchen Rubin on Global Toronto's, The Morning Show

  10. 89

    "I Get Distracted When I Work From Home."

  11. 90

    I Dread Errands

  12. 91

    Hate Your Commute? Try Audiobooks.

  13. 92

    Gretchen Rubin on the Today Show 9/5/12

  14. 93

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

  15. 94

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

  16. 95

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

  17. 96

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

  18. 97

    "Happier at Home" Book Trailer

  19. 98

    "What Little Treats Do You Enjoy?"

  20. 99

    "I Can't Organize My Mail."

  21. 100

    "I Catch Other People's Bad Moods."

  22. 101

    "I Am A Severe Under-Buyer."

  23. 102

    Gretchen Rubin - Five Half-Truths About Happiness

  24. 103

    "How to Organize My Notes?"

  25. A Look Behind the Scenes.

  26. 105

    "Everything Gets Piled Up."

  27. 106

    Cell Phones Make Me Crazy.mov

  28. 107

    The Years Are Short

  29. 108

    "I Want An Uncluttered Life."

  30. 109

    "Help! The Snooze Button!"

  31. 110

    "I Envy My Friends."

  32. 111

    "I Want To Make Time For Fun."

  33. 112

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

  34. 113

    "No One Appreciates Me."

  35. 114

    "I Waste Time On Mindless Things"

  36. 115

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

  37. 116

    Gretchen Rubin on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien

  38. 117

    How Can I Make My Morning Easier?

  39. 118

    "I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls."

  40. 119

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

  41. 120

    "Difficult People Drag Me Down."

  42. 121

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

  43. 122

    Kathie Lee & Hoda discuss The Happiness Project

  44. 123

    "Why am I Always Late?"

  45. 124

    "I Can Never Get To Bed On Time."

  46. 125

    Gretchen Rubin on @Work

  47. 126

    Gretchen Rubin on the TODAY Show

  48. 127

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

  49. 128

    "I'm Overwhelmed by Big Projects."

  50. 129

    "I Can't Make Myself Exercise."

  51. 130

    Introducing the Pigeons of Discontent.

  52. 131

    "I Feel Discouraged By My Messy House."

  53. 132

    First Things First

  54. 133

    A Key to Happiness: Love.

  55. 134

    Know Yourself.

  56. 135

    Build Strong Relationships

  57. 136

    Remember the Dog That Doesn't Bark.

  58. 137

    Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life.

  59. 138

    Make the Positive Argument.

  60. 139

    Gretchen Rubin on The Early Show

  61. 140

    Follow the Threshold Ritual.

  62. 141

    Hug More, Kiss More, Touch More.

  63. 142

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  64. 143

    Listen to Your Favorite Upbeat Song.

  65. 144

    Go outside.

  66. 145

    To Boost Self-Control, Beware the Licensing Effect.

  67. 146

    Use Convenience to Your Advantage

  68. 147

    Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

  69. 148

    To Increase Self Control, Boost Your Energy level

  70. 149

    Call up past memories.

  71. 150

    Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

  72. 151

    Make Something By Hand.

  73. 152

    Take Time for Projects.

  74. 153

    Force yourself to wander.

  75. 154

    Do Something Every Day.

  76. 155

    Gretchen Rubin on Today

  77. 156

    Spend out.

  78. 157

    Read the manual.

  79. 158

    Go Shelf by Shelf.

  80. 159

    Cultivate a Shrine.

  81. 160

    Gretchen Rubin On CBS Sunday Morning

  82. 161

    Observe the One-Minute Rule

  83. 162

    Suffer for 15 Minutes.

  84. 163

    Re-Evaluate Your Mantras.

  85. 164

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

  86. 165

    Make the most of your photographs.

  87. 166

    Gretchen Rubin on the Nate Berkus show

  88. 167

    Keep a File Box.

  89. 168

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  90. 169

    Keep a Milestone Journal.

  91. 170

    Keep a One-Sentence Journal.

  92. 171

    Manage Pain.

  93. 172

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

  94. 173

    Your Body: Get SOME Exercise.

  95. 174

    Your Body: Get Enough Sleep.

  96. 175

    Self-knowledge: Do What You DO.

  97. 176

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

  98. 177

    Self-knowledge: Imitate a Spirtual Master

  99. 178

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

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