The Learner Observer

Can I share with you my new obsession? 

Ok, thank you!


So have you ever heard of the Happiness Project?  Well it’s this fantastic book written by Gretchen Rubin and she takes readers along on her year-long experiment in making resolutions and keeping them in order to be a happier person.  She has come out with another book called Happier at Home, and I swear, it’s like she wrote it just for me.  I’ve just started reading it, so really, what do I know, right?  But no, seriously, you guys… it’s amazing.

Here’s a 1-minute trailer so you can understand it a little better:

This is straight from her site:

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. [Source]

OH MY GOSH!!!  Doesn’t it sound incredible?

K, if you’re still not convinced, let me share with you some videos and quotes from this brilliant mind.

Here are some interesting points:

  • 50% of happiness is genetically determined.
  • 10-20% is life circumstances (such as age, marital status, health, etc).
  • Everything else comes from the way that we think and what we do.
  • It’s not a matter of what’s right or wrong, it’s what works for you.
  • Make a resolution chart (oooooh making lists – told you this is made for me).  Gretchen focused on one aspect of her home per month, dedicating each day of that month to bringing herself (and therefore her family) more happiness.
  • “Stay engaged with your possessions.” – being engaged with things can make you feel energized (like objects with sentimental meaning), but not being engaged with them can bring you down.

The video below was taken directly from Gretchen’s site, also and she talks about the points I just mentioned, in case you want to hear her say them to you.

Alright, so does this sound great, or what?  She tackles one resolution per month and makes conscious efforts to do things (like REAL things) every day to make herself happier in her home.

 So I’m going to read this book and I just know I’m going to learn SO MUCH! 

If you don’t want to read whole book, check this out:

Picture 1You can try a Happiness Project for just 21 days rather than committing to a whole nine months, or even one whole month!

And don’t they all sound wonderful?

So this is my effort to being happier at home.  Anyone want to join me?

Just so you know, Gretchen has NO IDEA who I am, nor does she know that I am mentioning her books and her site on my little speck of a blog on the ginormous world wide web.  I just really loved everything about this book and it was so very fitting with my 31 day series.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to share it!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book, whether you have read it or not.  Please share!


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    October 28, 2013

    I read this book about a year ago and really liked it. Life has been pretty crazy since then so I want to thank you for reminding me of it. I think I will read it again and try to incorporation some of it into my life. Even a crazy life should be better if simplified and made happier. Hope you enjoy the book. Kerry

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      October 29, 2013

      Hi Kerry! Thanks for sharing that! It’s wonderful that you’ll get to go back to that simplified, happier life! You are so right… even when things are crazy, we can be happy!

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    October 29, 2013

    This looks really interesting! I’ve heard of The Happiness Project, but focusing it around your home is really smart. I know I’m happiest at home and figuring out how to be even happier at home sounds lovely :)

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      October 29, 2013

      That’s exactly what I thought, Steph! We look so forward to being at home and caring for it, so why not try to make ourselves even happier in it! She has really amazing tips :)

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    Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionistaa

    October 31, 2013

    This is so up my alley as well! I bought the book this summer but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I completely agree that our happiness in all areas of life stem to our perspective on it. Going to go find it now and start reading! Thanks for the reminder to pick it up! xo

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      November 4, 2013

      Hi Ashley,
      So glad to have been a reminder of this fantastic book to you! You are a daily reminder to people on beautifying life and finding happiness in what matters and the proof was in your 31 Day series which I hope will also become an ebook! :)

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    November 7, 2013

    I actually have The Happiness Project sitting here, waiting to be finished.. I stopped at the part about procrastination, ironically. But I agree with you, Gretchen is so amazing, and I love all of her insights. I’m sure that for someone who actually has a house and a husband like yourself, the second book is probably even more useful! Did you finish reading it?

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      November 12, 2013

      The irony is by far my favourite part of your comment, btw! I have been procrastinating and have not read much farther into the book. Nice, huh?!?! I should put “procrastinate less” on my goals list for 2014!

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