Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

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The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? 
 
Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
 
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
 
Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation.
 
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore: 

• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why?
• How quickly can I change a habit?
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
• How can I help someone else change a habit?
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.



Title : Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
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ISBN : 0385348614
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 298 pages


Reviews


Sara rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 14, 2015

This book started off quite interesting, but unfortunately devolved into the author trying to convince everyone to adopt a low-carb diet and other habits she likes (and to not adopt habits she things are stupid, like drinking water), which was tiresome. Although the start of the book implied that...


Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 08, 2017

There were a couple of good things in here but it mostly didn't work for me due to medical issues. But, I can see the advice working for a lot of people! 😊


Diane rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2016

This is such a wonderful and inspiring book. Gretchen Rubin's advice seems to find me just when I need it most. Better Than Before is all about our daily habits and how we can improve them. Rubin describes habits as "the invisible architecture" of our life. "We repeat about 40 percent of our behav...


Mal rated it ★★★☆☆

December 20, 2014

I received an advance copy of this ebook from NetGalley. I wanted to love this book. I read it very quickly, which is why it got the third star. However, it just felt...all over the place. There were no tips that I felt I could apply to my own life. There was nothing life-changing. There were some...


Glenn rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2016

I don’t pay much attention to self-help literature – in fact, a book on how to deal with clutter is currently cluttering up my groaning bookshelves! But hey, it’s a new calendar year, and it seemed like a suitable time to try to break some bad habits (procrastination, unhealthy eating, lack of exe...


Susan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 21, 2015

Should've been subtitled "First World Problems." Unscientific, clichéed twaddle wrapped up in the usual publishing/lifestyle guru gimmick. Branded. A vanity project from a bored dilettante (and 1%er, to boot). The author comes across as exhausting and insufferable. I didn't actually finish the boo...


Silje rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 19, 2015

I have to confess that I have this really bad habit of reading self help books. I am really grateful for this book because it just made crystal clear how incredibly banal and superfluous this book is, along with trying to learn anything from the utterly materially privileged life, as well as the...


Kris rated it ★★★☆☆

March 31, 2015

While I appreciated the thought process surrounding this book, I would have liked a format that spoke more specifically and in chapter form about what tactics work best for each of the Four Tendencies. Better still, to do a more thorough job of grouping Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel wi...


Emma Sea rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 21, 2017

27 July 2015 I'm a big sucker for time management and self-improvement books, but style of this one made me gag a little. Rubin tells a story about a woman who was robbed, and when the thieves forced her to open her safe it contained her jewelry, cash, and chocolate. She explained to the robbers i...


Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

August 13, 2015

“For good and bad, habits are the invisible architecture of daily life.” Three cheers for a self-help book that is actually helpful! I enjoyed Rubin’s previous book, Happier at Home, so jumped at the chance to read this. In this thorough guide to making and breaking habits, she is quick to emphas...





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