Genre: nonfiction self-help/memoir
Length: 273 pages
Setting: New York City, present day
Interest: I read her first book and read her blog regularly. She’s got a new book coming out and I was reminded I hadn’t read this one yet.
Summary: Gretchen has decided to another happiness project, this time focused on the home. Every month of the school year, she focuses on a different aspect of her homelife, including possessions, marriage, being a parent, her mental state, using her time to do what’s important, physical sensations, family, and interacting with her neighborhood. Along the way, she describes how well she does meeting her goals for the month, both the good parts and the bad.
Final thoughts: I found the book to be both fascinating and helpful. It’s a mixture of memoir (what Gretchen specifically chose for her happiness project) and self-help (why different elements influence happiness). Gretchen acknowledges in the beginning of the book that her happiness project is very much her own and may not necessarily translate into something anyone could use whole cloth. However, just seeing the specific actions Gretchen took makes me think about what specific actions I could take to be happier. I have been making an effort to be silly with my kids more regularly, and I’m going to find a book club to join. It doesn’t have to be a big change to make a big difference. The other takeaway message is it’s worth pursuing happiness because if I’m happier, my family is happier.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 14/100 in my 100 Book Challenge
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