Better Than Before

Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/12/2015

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New York Times Bestseller - Washington Post Bestseller

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.

ISBN:
9780385348638
9780385348638
Category:
Psychology
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-12-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Crown Archetype
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
203.2x132.08x17.78mm
Weight:
0.23kg
Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature.

She's the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project.

A member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness.

She also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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