The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, both by Gretchen Rubin
Over the last month, I’ve read these two fantastic books by Gretchen Rubin. The first was The Happiness Project, where Gretchen writes about choosing one thing each month for a year that has been shown in research to improve happiness and implement it in her life. The second, Happiness at Home, builds on the first book, focusing in on a goal each month to specifically help her be happier in her home and her role as mother. As someone who finds myself in cranky Mom mode suffering from wanderlust more often than I’d like, I was especially excited for this read to help me find more happiness in my home and my role as mother, having seen Gretchen grow in her happiness through her first book. The ultimate message of both books is that you are happiest when you are being you- pursuing hobbies and work that pique your interest and engage your heart and your mind, and that figuring those things out is an enjoyable quest of a lifetime. Having seen proof of this in my own life, I loved reading Gretchen’s journey toward more happiness in her life and home, and am excited to incorporate some of her tips and ideas into my life. I highly recommend both of these books if you’re looking for a read that leaves you feeling like you have a wise and inspiring new best friend.