Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

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

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Happiness Project and “a force for real change” (Brené Brown) examines how changing our habits can change our lives.
“If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising, or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.”—Parade
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. 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.
In Better Than Before, acclaimed writer Gretchen Rubin identifies every approach that actually works. She 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 counterintuitive) core principles of habit formation and answers the most perplexing questions about habits: 
• 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385348614
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,107,433
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellersOuter Order, Inner Calm; The Four Tendencies; Better Than Before; and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her top-ranking, award-winning podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she explores happiness and good habits. She is also a CBS News contributor, providing weekly solutions for living a happier life. Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi

Decide Not to Decide: Introduction 1


The Fateful Tendencies We Bring into the World the Four Tendencies 15

Different Solutions for Different People: Distinctions 31

Pillars of Habits

We Manage What We Monitor: Monitoring 45

First Things First: Foundation 58

If It's On The Calendar, It Happens: Scheduling 74

Someone's Watching: Accountability 91

The Best Time to Begin

It's Enough to Begin: First Steps 103

Temporary Becomes Permanent: Clean Slate 115

Data Point of One: Lightning Bolt 122

Desire, Ease, and Excuses

Free From French Fries: Abstaining 135

It's Hard To Make Things Easier: Convenience 144

Change My Surroundings, Not Myself: Inconvenience 154

A Stumble May Prevent a Fall: Safeguards 160

Nothing Stays In Vegas: Loophole-Spotting 170

Wait Fifteen Minutes: Distraction 183

No Finish Line: Reward 191

Just Because: Treats 201

Sitting Is The New Smoking: Pairing 211

Unique, Just Like Everyone Else

Choose My Bale of Hay: Clarity 223

I'm The Fussy One: Identity 236

Not Everyone Is Like Me: Other People 245

Everyday Life in Utopia: Conclusion 257

Acknowledgments 265

Quiz: The Four Tendencies 267

Resources to Request 271

Start a Better than Before Habits Group 273

Suggestions for Further Reading 275

Notes 279

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