Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project and Happier at Home) explores habits - the invisible architecture of everyday life - and how they can make us more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. When we change our habits, we change our lives.
Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, has helped millions of readers get happier. Now she tackles the critical question: How can we make good habits and break bad ones? In a book that's crammed with big, provocative ideas, Rubin shows readers how to create the habits that will transform their lives, even if they've failed before. The secret, Rubin explains, is to pinpoint the specific strategies that will work for us.
From finding the right time to begin a new habit to setting up a counterintuitive system of reward to using the pleasure of treats to strengthen our good habits, Rubin identifies the 21 strategies that will allow every listener to find an effective, individual fit. Along the way Rubin uses herself as a guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers listeners' most pressing questions - oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore:
Whether listeners want to get more sleep, make and maintain weight loss, stop checking their phone,s or finish projects, habits make change possible. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life.
Listening to just a few chapters of Better Than Before will start listeners working on their own habits - even before they've finished the audiobook.
©2015 Gretchen Rubin (P)2015 John Murray Press
"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, best-selling 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 best-selling author of Thrive)
"Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and - more important - how they can change. It's indispensable for anyone hoping to overhaul how they (almost unthinkingly) behave." (Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit)
"Gretchen Rubin is a writer after my own heart - seriously brilliant, very warm, and funny. I think she's amazing." (Anne Lamott)
A long book is a consequence of a long and masterful process of writing, or an attempt to fill up pages and turn a few ideas into sellable format.
Unfortunately, this book is the second.
Save your money and most importantly your time (being a long talk) and choose something else.
She uses the outdated technique of holding on to the main ideas and trying to build up anticipation.
I don't like leaving negative reviews, but I truly want to save the next person in search of truth some of their limited time.
I'm not the effusive type, so when I write a 5-star review it really does mean I've found the book to be enormously helpful, well-written, and engaging. The "four tendencies" framework makes sense to me and is a really useful filter for understanding why I do things, and, just as importantly, why I don't do things, and why motivational strategies that work for others don't often work well for me. I highly recommend this book! As an audiobook, I also loved the fact that Gretchen narrated it herself. Her voice is expressive, her diction clear, and she is very easy to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will undoubtedly listen again!
Struggled to finish - it's just a list of her thoughts collected into a sensible structure. No evidence, just her random thoughts. Very disappointing book.
Gretchen Rubin has changed the way I look at the world. She speaks so honestly and defines habits in understandable terms. I highly recommend this book. I'm so happy I found it!
I love the differentiation of this book it is not a one size fits all and it gives recommendations for different types of person e.g. larks or nightingales! Which makes perfect sense as we all have different strengths and weaknesses, likes, dislikes etc. This book helps you with the what and how of making change happen. It is so inspirational and motivating. Thank you Gretchen.
Really enjoyed listening & working out what would work for me. Couldn't wait for my next Gretchen Rubin fix. I have her previous books (e-book and actual) and this is the first one I have finished.
So easy to listen to...
Too many to list, so many ah ha moments
No I haven't but I will certainly search out her others.
It made me think...then think again
Must read...um listen :)
It is the very good book, best part about listening this is book is treat to listen Gretchen for 9 hours.. Good thing happened to be was, I started listening to her podcast much before I bought this book. so I was quite familiar with her voice and listening this book in her own voice was hell lot interesting . Book gave me good insight about knowing self .
Parts about different kinds of people. I found out that I'm an obliger.
Her voice :-)
I find Gretchen's thoughts and life philosophies interesting and relevant. I thought this book was much more of her own unscientific and unproven thoughts and ideas comparing it to "The Happiness Project" which was more about testing popular science recommendations. Still she sees things in a useful and thought provoking way and I enjoyed hearing her theories (I am a questioner)
"Useful, but flawed"
Best parts where the actual useful classifications and concepts.
The main issue I had was the way the concepts were elaborated upon.
Yes. It got me going with a habit or two I've wanted to start for a while, but couldn't bring myself to start due to previous failures.
Insightful and smart, but written for a different audience to myself.
The author managed to pick up the intricacies of habit formation, but the way they're explained made me grind my teeth sometimes. I understand the thinking of trying to explain concepts using personal experience and anecdotes, but it gets tiring when it's done constantly and in such a "holier than though" manner. I really wanted to rate this better, since I did learn quite a bit and it definitely made me think, but ultimately it is a book, so spending a fair few hours rolling your eyes and clenching your jaw does gets very tiring.
"Rehash of First Book"
I enjoyed the first book, however this is more of the same, less objective delivered with a big dollop of smugness. Disappointed.
"Excellent, well worth listening to"
Very practical advice on building effective habits. Found the insights in the book very useful indeed, especially the insight about what type of person you are: upholder, questioner, obliger or rebel.
"Brilliant. Just brilliant."
I loved this book. The book was insightful and offered alternative views to much of this genre. The ability to be liberated from decision by deciding once and just continuing that as a habit is a mantra I'm very happily living by. With personal references from differing personalities and perspectives there were real life examples that I've included in my own life. The research topic was broad and considered differing approaches for different personalities, differing motivational factors and different methods to sustain a habit. Highly recommend.
I absolutely loved this book. I had bought it a while ago but hadn't got round to reading it. I wish I'd picked it up sooner. Made me completely rethink how to approach things in the future and I would actually like to read this book again, something I have never done before.
Great tips and an easy read! I will listen again it was so good. This will probably help you in some way, loved it.
"Great reflection on what life can offer"
Gretchen helps us take time to reelect on our lives and potentials with true stories and honest critique
A non pressured full hearted review to help us find what matters.
I found this book inspiring! Really useful for helping to shape your day for the better. It's already helped me to understand myself better and how to make changes that work for me.
Why should I write mandatory 20 words review for an optional review here? :) I'm a 'questioner' btw. Read the book and you'll find out what I mean.
"Great advice on habit forming!"
Yes - it gives some great tips to identify how to recognise, and deal with, your 'habit' personality!
Gretchen is great to listen to!
Identifying my 'habit' personality - that was an insight!
Well worth a listen!
"another great listen"
Rubin really does her homework and brings up lots of good ideas and practical advice here. I'd contradict another review by saying she does not overlap on her previous book (the happiness project - also very good), this is all very fresh, a very interesting listen on HABITS which is very much the buzz word at the moment. Audio is clear and easy to understand, I'd recommend it!
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