Better Than Before

What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

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

I can be Better Than Before

Susan Daggett

4.5 Stars

Easy read with many ideas to improve different areas of your life.  It is about making and breaking habits. There are five main sections to the book with multiple chapters under each one.  The sections are titled self-knowledge,…

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Better Than Before Book Review

anastasia weeks

3.5 Stars

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin is supposed to help you adopt and keep good habits. It was rather a slow and boring read for me, alot of the information in this book was basic stuff everyone knows, or should know, and the habits she…

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Book Review: Better Than Before

Jessica Lietz

4 Stars

Better Than Before is written by Gretchen Rubin, who also authored the Happiness Project, among other books. This book highlights how to break habits that can lead to a happier life. Most people have a habit that they would like to…

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Better Than Before

Haley Mills

4 Stars

A year and a half into writing this blog, sometimes it's still hard to…

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Great Book

Cheryl Perez

5 Stars

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