Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

by Gretchen Rubin

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.

Recent Reviews

Habit Changing

September Michaud

3 Stars

In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses habits as “the invisible architecture of daily life.” As life is made up of seconds, “how we schedule our days is how we spend our lives.”By choosing the habits we create, we…

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Beatriz Fortes

2.5 Stars

Sometimes, I am a sucker for punishment, I have never been fond of self help book but I have been thinking of my habits for…

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Tara Powell

3.5 Stars

I am a fan of Gretchen, loved her first book!! She uses her own experience to showcase how to be better than before. As a researcher she focuses on the facts and then turns it into a journey for her readers. She not only uses herself but…

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Amie Kerber

4 Stars

Gretchen Rubin is the best selling author of the book The Happiness Project. I've read that book before, so when I signed up for

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Annie Kate Aarnoutse

5 Stars

Gretchen believes that the reason we want to develop good habits is so that we will become happier. After all, most people’s daily lives are hugely affected by their habits: what we eat, how we interact with others, whether or not we…

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