Better Than Before

Better Than Before Cover

Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

By Gretchen Rubin

Crown Publishing Group (NY), Hardcover, 9780385348614, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Description
"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 makechange 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.


About the Author
Gretchen Rubin, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She s the author of many books, including the blockbuster "New York Times" bestsellers, "Happier at Home" and "The Happiness Project." Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages, and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness.Her podcast "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" was an iTunes "Best of 2015" pick. She was chosen for the 2016"Oprah Super Soul 100"list. Rubin started her career in law, and was clerking for Justice SandraDay O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters."


NPR
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gretchen Rubin about her new book, Better Than Before. It's her philosophy of how to create good habits and nix the bad ones. More at NPR.org

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