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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.

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  1. 97

    Story: You Can Choose What You Do.

  2. 98

    Story: You can be generous by taking.

  3. 99

    I Don't Know How To Start My Happiness Project

  4. 100

    Gretchen Rubin on Katie

  5. 101

    I Don't Have Time To Read For Fun.

  6. 102

    I Check My Email Constantly

  7. 103

    The News Makes Me Unhappy

  8. 104

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

  9. 105

    Gretchen Rubin on Global Toronto's, The Morning Show

  10. 106

    "I Get Distracted When I Work From Home."

  11. 107

    I Dread Errands

  12. 108

    Hate Your Commute? Try Audiobooks.

  13. 109

    Gretchen Rubin on the Today Show 9/5/12

  14. 110

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

  15. 111

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

  16. 112

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

  17. 113

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

  18. 114

    "Happier at Home" Book Trailer

  19. 115

    "What Little Treats Do You Enjoy?"

  20. 116

    "I Can't Organize My Mail."

  21. 117

    "I Catch Other People's Bad Moods."

  22. 118

    "I Am A Severe Under-Buyer."

  23. 119

    Gretchen Rubin - Five Half-Truths About Happiness

  24. 120

    "How to Organize My Notes?"

  25. A Look Behind the Scenes.

  26. 122

    "Everything Gets Piled Up."

  27. 123

    Cell Phones Make Me Crazy.mov

  28. 124

    The Years Are Short

  29. 125

    "I Want An Uncluttered Life."

  30. 126

    "Help! The Snooze Button!"

  31. 127

    "I Envy My Friends."

  32. 128

    "I Want To Make Time For Fun."

  33. 129

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

  34. 130

    "No One Appreciates Me."

  35. 131

    "I Waste Time On Mindless Things"

  36. 132

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

  37. 133

    Gretchen Rubin on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien

  38. 134

    How Can I Make My Morning Easier?

  39. 135

    "I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls."

  40. 136

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

  41. 137

    "Difficult People Drag Me Down."

  42. 138

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

  43. 139

    Kathie Lee & Hoda discuss The Happiness Project

  44. 140

    "Why am I Always Late?"

  45. 141

    "I Can Never Get To Bed On Time."

  46. 142

    Gretchen Rubin on @Work

  47. 143

    Gretchen Rubin on the TODAY Show

  48. 144

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

  49. 145

    "I'm Overwhelmed by Big Projects."

  50. 146

    "I Can't Make Myself Exercise."

  51. 147

    Introducing the Pigeons of Discontent.

  52. 148

    "I Feel Discouraged By My Messy House."

  53. 149

    First Things First

  54. 150

    A Key to Happiness: Love.

  55. 151

    Know Yourself.

  56. 152

    Build Strong Relationships

  57. 153

    Remember the Dog That Doesn't Bark.

  58. 154

    Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life.

  59. 155

    Make the Positive Argument.

  60. 156

    Gretchen Rubin on The Early Show

  61. 157

    Follow the Threshold Ritual.

  62. 158

    Hug More, Kiss More, Touch More.

  63. 159

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  64. 160

    Listen to Your Favorite Upbeat Song.

  65. 161

    Go outside.

  66. 162

    To Boost Self-Control, Beware the Licensing Effect.

  67. 163

    Use Convenience to Your Advantage

  68. 164

    Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

  69. 165

    To Increase Self Control, Boost Your Energy level

  70. 166

    Call up past memories.

  71. 167

    Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

  72. 168

    Make Something By Hand.

  73. 169

    Take Time for Projects.

  74. 170

    Force yourself to wander.

  75. 171

    Do Something Every Day.

  76. 172

    Gretchen Rubin on Today

  77. 173

    Spend out.

  78. 174

    Read the manual.

  79. 175

    Go Shelf by Shelf.

  80. 176

    Cultivate a Shrine.

  81. 177

    Gretchen Rubin On CBS Sunday Morning

  82. 178

    Observe the One-Minute Rule

  83. 179

    Suffer for 15 Minutes.

  84. 180

    Re-Evaluate Your Mantras.

  85. 181

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

  86. 182

    Make the most of your photographs.

  87. 183

    Gretchen Rubin on the Nate Berkus show

  88. 184

    Keep a File Box.

  89. 185

    Cultivate Good Smells.

  90. 186

    Keep a Milestone Journal.

  91. 187

    Keep a One-Sentence Journal.

  92. 188

    Manage Pain.

  93. 189

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

  94. 190

    Your Body: Get SOME Exercise.

  95. 191

    Your Body: Get Enough Sleep.

  96. 192

    Self-knowledge: Do What You DO.

  97. 193

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

  98. 194

    Self-knowledge: Imitate a Spirtual Master

  99. 195

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

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