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Happier at Home Book Giveaway

December 31, 2012

The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris, “The Aims of Art”

This quote is how Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier at Home begins.

This quote is also how I immediately knew I was in the right place, because I have a intense interest in the details of everyday life and have for as long as I can remember. (See the tagline up there at the top of the page under the blog title?)

How wonderful that Mr. Morris thinks that this interest is the true secret to happiness.

Happier at Home is the follow-up to Gretchen’s book, The Happiness Project, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Gretchen describes a happiness project as “an approach to the practice of everyday life.” It involves three steps:

  1. Identify what brings you joy, satisfaction, and engagement, and also what brings you guilt, anger, boredom, and remorse.
  2. Make resolutions based on concrete actions that will boost your happiness.
  3. Keep those resolutions.

The Happiness Project tackled big themes, like pursuing a passion, contemplating the heavens, and keeping a contented heart.

Happier at Home focuses on things closer to, well, home. Some of the chapters include Possessions (Find a True Simplicity), Interior Design (Renovate Myself), and Neighborhood (Embrace Here).

One of the things that makes me happy is getting to hear authors talk about their lives and their books. It’s why I like passing the time with C-SPAN’s Book TV on the weekends. And it’s why going to the National Book Festival is on my to-do list.

In Kansas City, we have a great, independent bookstore, Rainy Day Books, that regularly brings in authors for appearances.

Through Rainy Day Books I’ve been able to see and hear such varied authors as Jodi Picoult, The Pioneer Woman, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa), Jen Lancaster, and, most recently, Gretchen Rubin.

The house was packed for Gretchen because, although she lives in New York now, she’s from Kansas City. I enjoyed her event, as I do all of these appearances, and while I was there I picked up a book for myself and one to give away to one of you.

Happier at Home Book Giveaway

happier at home book giveaway

I’m choosing the new year as the time to hold this giveaway, because I think January is the second most natural time to start reading Happier at Home.

I say second most natural, because the first would be September, as Gretchen’s book is divided into nine chapters that follow the months of the school year.

But there really is no wrong time to read a book like this, and, as Gretchen points out in the book, “September is the other January.”

I don’t plan to read Happier at Home all at once. I don’t know if it will play out at a chapter a month, the way the book is organized, or something shorter or longer, but I do expect to keep it on my nightstand and revisit it all year long. And I’m hoping that the themes will inspire some blog posts.

So I hope you’ll enter the giveaway below. Or borrow Happier at Home from the library or order it from amazon so we can read along together.

The giveaway starts today and will run through Sunday night, January 6, at 10pm CST. At that time, I’ll choose a winner from the comments, using

The winner will receive a new, hardback copy of Happier at Home, a Happier at Home bookmark, and a Happier at Home tote bag to carry it all around in.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and let me know which of the following chapters from Happier at Home sounds the most interesting to you:

  • Possessions (Find a True Simplicity)
  • Marriage (Prove My Love)
  • Parenthood (Pay Attention)
  • Interior Design (Renovate Myself)
  • Time (Cram My Day with What I Love)
  • Body (Experience the Experience)
  • Family (Hold More Tightly)
  • Neighborhood (Embrace Here)
  • Now (Remember Now)

You can also earn a second entry by subscribing to the blog and leaving me a comment saying you did.

Subscribing to The Family CEO in 2013

I do hope you’ll consider subscribing to The Family CEO. It’s free and you can sign up via email or RSS feed. I never share email addresses with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Some of the things you can expect to find in your inbox or reader in January are:

  • Kitchen remodel talk and photos
  • More information on Found Money
  • And a Happier at Home post

I’d love to have you along for the ride.

As always, thanks for being a reader and Happy New Year!


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  1. Sounds like a perfect book! Happy New Year to you & yours. I’d love to win, but just in case, I’m going to request the book from our local library–I hope they have it!
    PS–I already subscribe to your blog & love it (as well as the Twice the College advice!)

  2. I have the book, and hope to finally read it in 2013! All of the chapters look interesting to me, but I have a fondness to the very first chapter on possessions (I’ve already read it!)

    Looking forward to reading all about your kitchen remodel (ours still isn’t finished!) Already subscribe too!

    Happy New Year Julie!!

  3. Possessions (Find a True Simplicity): we’ve spent the past couple of days trying to simplify after the guests have left. Our house is by no means cluttered, but we’d like fewer things and more guests!

  4. I am all about the sharing the joy with family and friends.
    I have a lot of new things happening for the New Year, I hope this book will be one of many great things for the New Year.

  5. Parenthood sounds right up my alley. I’m a SAHM with a special needs 2yr old and a 10mo, plus I keep my sister’s 2yo during the day… So.. Could use more info ;)

  6. After 13 years, I think the Marriage chapter would be a good and interesting place to start – but all the chapters sound read-worthy! I’ll be checking for it in the library if I don’t win. Thanks for opportunity to win.

  7. I’m interested to read the marriage, parenthood and family chapters. With four young kids I find it can be hard to juggle quality kid/spouse/family time with the day-to-day demands of life, and do it all well. I am a subscriber, too. Thanks.

  8. I love Gretchen Rubin and already have her first book “The Happiness Project.” I have “Happier at Home” on my queue at the library, but there are 24 people ahead of me!!!

  9. Oooh, this sounds like a good book! Since I’m getting married in 2013, I think the marriage chapter sounds most interesting. However, I think it all looks good. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  10. Thanks for bringing attention to this promising book! It’s hard to choose, but I’d have to say that the chapter on Time would be of most interest to me.

  11. The most interesting chapter from this book is “Time (Cram My Day with What I Love)” I have been working on it but, it is hard to balance and fulfill; I could definitely use some tips. Thank you for this giveaway from The Family CEO. Happy New Year to everyone.

  12. I am now a subscriber. You mention kitchen remodel with photos. I will be on the lookout for that. I’m doing mine on the cheap, complete with DIY “charm.”

    Neighborhood (Embrace Here) holds appeal for me right now. We recently moved from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley (New York) so neighbors are a wonderful, big part of our new life.

  13. I would very much like to read the Neighborhood (Embrace Here) chapter. I’m a SAHM, and one advantage of returning to full-time work would be that we could better afford a house in a nicer neighborhood within our city, but I do like being at home with and for my children. This chapter might be really helpful.

    I’m also a FB subscriber.

  14. I’m a long time subscriber. :) I really enjoyed The Happiness Project and am looking forward to this new book.

    As I’m making my health a top priority this year, I think the chapter on Body (Experience the Experience) would be of interest to me.

  15. The chapter on Now (Remember Now) is what resonates with me. It seems that I’m always looking to the future instead of living in the present. Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Right now, the chapter about “Remembering the Now” sounds really good as I navigate the challenges of sons growing up too fast!

  17. So many interest me! It’s a toss up between Body and Time. Because I would like to have more time to work on my body and continue to the things I love most – like blogging – I will choose Time!

  18. I truly enjoyed reading The Happiness Project so I know I will love Happier at Home, too. I am particularly looking forward to the chapter on Possessions as that is something I am trying to work on in 2013.

  19. I think the Body chapter (Experience the Experience) chapter sounds really interesting. I loved “The Happiness Project” and can’t wait to read this book as well!

  20. I just picked up from the local library a very related book, Christiane Northrup’s Mother-Daughter Wisdom. She listed her happiness list,too.

    One topic is that we have devalued women who find traditional mothering fulfilling. What is my educational experience would have ever clued me that I so much enjoy just being a mom/CEO/play date coordinator? No, I was girl who could do math so I had to become an engineer despite no obvious talent there. I am an happy biologist instead and “work” in homeschool co-ops and 4-H programs. Like one college career panelist hinted at — that some of us will find we need alternatives to traditional jobs when we have children.

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