Most of us have a habit we'd like to change, and there's no shortage of expert advice. But as we all know from tough experience, no magic, one-size-fits-all solution exists.
In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin answers the most perplexing questions about habits with her signature mix of rigorous research and engaging storytelling:
- Why do we find it tough to create a habit for something we love to do?
- How can we keep our healthy habits when we're surrounded by temptations?
- How can we help someone else change a habit?
Rubin reveals the true secret to habit change: first, we must know ourselves. When we shape our habits to suit ourselves, we can find success- even if we've failed before. Whether you want to eat more healthfully, stop checking devices, or finish a project, the invaluable ideas in Better Than Before will start you working on your own habits - even before you've finished the book.
About the Author
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on habits and happiness. Her books The Happiness Project, Happier at Home and Better Than Before were all instant New York Times bestsellers, and have sold more than two million copies in 35 languages. Her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin (recorded with her sister Elizabeth Craft) has been downloaded millions of times. On her website gretchenrubin.com she writes about her adventures as she test-drives ideas from contemporary science and ancient wisdom about building good habits and a happier life. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
A lot of us would like a Rubin in our lives - The Times Magazine
Gretchen Rubin's thesis is fascinating
- GuardianJust read this book
... It's about the psychology of habit and is an addictive and pleasing read
(even for someone who is in the habit of reading a lot of such books about, er, changing habits). I strongly recommend it if you are looking to make some permanent changes in your life
... It's excellent
- Viv Groskop
If you need a helping hand to make over your bad habits, American self-help author Gretchen Rubin is your woman. Better Than Before
is full of practical advice
and strategies on how to build healthier and happier ways of living that last - Good Housekeeping
- Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller
Do you have a bad habit you're trying to shake, or a good one you wish you could cultivate? Gretchen Rubin is one of the most charming and erudite authors of her generation
. Here, she uses her gifts to help you eat right, sleep well, stop procrastinating and start enjoying all that life has to offer. - Susan Cain, bestselling author of QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING
Filled with insights about our patterns of behavior, Better Than Before addresses one of life's big and timeless questions: how can we transform ourselves? In a way that's thought-provoking, surprising and often funny
, Gretchen Rubin provides us with the tools to build a life that truly reflects our goals and values. - Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and bestselling author of THRIVE