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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. 79

    Story: You Can Choose What You Do.

  2. 80

    Story: You can be generous by taking.

  3. 81

    I Don't Know How To Start My Happiness Project

  4. 82

    Gretchen Rubin on Katie

  5. 83

    I Don't Have Time To Read For Fun.

  6. 84

    I Check My Email Constantly

  7. 85

    The News Makes Me Unhappy

  8. 86

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

  9. 87

    Gretchen Rubin on Global Toronto's, The Morning Show

  10. 88

    "I Get Distracted When I Work From Home."

  11. 89

    I Dread Errands

  12. 90

    Hate Your Commute? Try Audiobooks.

  13. 91

    Gretchen Rubin on the Today Show 9/5/12

  14. 92

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

  15. 93

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

  16. 94

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

  17. 95

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

  18. 96

    "Happier at Home" Book Trailer

  19. 97

    "What Little Treats Do You Enjoy?"

  20. 98

    "I Can't Organize My Mail."

  21. 99

    "I Catch Other People's Bad Moods."

  22. 100

    "I Am A Severe Under-Buyer."

  23. 101

    Gretchen Rubin - Five Half-Truths About Happiness

  24. 102

    "How to Organize My Notes?"

  25. A Look Behind the Scenes.

  26. 104

    "Everything Gets Piled Up."

  27. 105

    Cell Phones Make Me Crazy.mov

  28. 106

    The Years Are Short

  29. 107

    "I Want An Uncluttered Life."

  30. 108

    "Help! The Snooze Button!"

  31. 109

    "I Envy My Friends."

  32. 110

    "I Want To Make Time For Fun."

  33. 111

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

  34. 112

    "No One Appreciates Me."

  35. 113

    "I Waste Time On Mindless Things"

  36. 114

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

  37. 115

    Gretchen Rubin on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien

  38. 116

    How Can I Make My Morning Easier?

  39. 117

    "I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls."

  40. 118

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

  41. 119

    "Difficult People Drag Me Down."

  42. 120

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

  43. 121

    Kathie Lee & Hoda discuss The Happiness Project

  44. 122

    "Why am I Always Late?"

  45. 123

    "I Can Never Get To Bed On Time."

  46. 124

    Gretchen Rubin on @Work

  47. 125

    Gretchen Rubin on the TODAY Show

  48. 126

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

  49. 127

    "I'm Overwhelmed by Big Projects."

  50. 128

    "I Can't Make Myself Exercise."

  51. 129

    Introducing the Pigeons of Discontent.

  52. 130

    "I Feel Discouraged By My Messy House."

  53. 131

    First Things First

  54. 132

    A Key to Happiness: Love.

  55. 133

    Know Yourself.

  56. 134

    Build Strong Relationships

  57. 135

    Remember the Dog That Doesn't Bark.

  58. 136

    Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life.

  59. 137

    Make the Positive Argument.

  60. 138

    Gretchen Rubin on The Early Show

  61. 139

    Follow the Threshold Ritual.

  62. 140

    Hug More, Kiss More, Touch More.

  63. 141

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  64. 142

    Listen to Your Favorite Upbeat Song.

  65. 143

    Go outside.

  66. 144

    To Boost Self-Control, Beware the Licensing Effect.

  67. 145

    Use Convenience to Your Advantage

  68. 146

    Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

  69. 147

    To Increase Self Control, Boost Your Energy level

  70. 148

    Call up past memories.

  71. 149

    Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

  72. 150

    Make Something By Hand.

  73. 151

    Take Time for Projects.

  74. 152

    Force yourself to wander.

  75. 153

    Do Something Every Day.

  76. 154

    Gretchen Rubin on Today

  77. 155

    Spend out.

  78. 156

    Read the manual.

  79. 157

    Go Shelf by Shelf.

  80. 158

    Cultivate a Shrine.

  81. 159

    Gretchen Rubin On CBS Sunday Morning

  82. 160

    Observe the One-Minute Rule

  83. 161

    Suffer for 15 Minutes.

  84. 162

    Re-Evaluate Your Mantras.

  85. 163

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

  86. 164

    Make the most of your photographs.

  87. 165

    Gretchen Rubin on the Nate Berkus show

  88. 166

    Keep a File Box.

  89. 167

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  90. 168

    Keep a Milestone Journal.

  91. 169

    Keep a One-Sentence Journal.

  92. 170

    Manage Pain.

  93. 171

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

  94. 172

    Your Body: Get SOME Exercise.

  95. 173

    Your Body: Get Enough Sleep.

  96. 174

    Self-knowledge: Do What You DO.

  97. 175

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

  98. 176

    Self-knowledge: Imitate a Spirtual Master

  99. 177

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

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