Happier in my working class home

Jessica Lietz

3 Stars

October 29, 2012

Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin details what the author has done to make her life happier.

I had some trouble relating to the author's experiences of what she did to bring more happiness into her life. In my life and social circle, happiness seems to have different origins from hers. Rubin is a wealthy woman who lives in a wealthy neighborhood in New York City, which I just cannot relate to.

I was expecting that this book would be more of a gaining happiness from the simple things in life kind of book. I read the Happiness Project and I liked it very well. However, this work just did not do much for me. Actually, it left me a little green (with envy) for a moment or two, until I realized that I'm pretty happy letting my two year old son climb up on the kitchen step stool and help me mix up some bread dough or Rice Krispie treats. That makes me happy. Or watching my almost six year old launch herself into the pool at swimming lessons, having overcome her fear of doing so. That makes me happy. Or having my cats sit in my lap on a cold, rainy day. That makes me happy too. I guess that is what I was looking for in the book. Seeing past the material or riches and more of the finding happiness in the mundane.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.