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This is a summary of Gretchen Rubin's New York Times and Washington Post best-seller Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

The author of the blockbuster New York Times best-sellers 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 listeners 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 listeners' 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 listeners want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible.

©2016 Ant Hive Media (P)2016 Ant Hive Media

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  • Crystal
  • 11-02-2017

The first half is ads for FB & IG, but good after.

Waaay too much time spent advertising with www dots. Good very quick summary. Probably already stuff you already know though.

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  • Mary Jo Klos
  • 07-02-2021

Some great tips!

I would not have made it through the book however this version is excellent!

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  • mk
  • 28-08-2019

I Like Gretchen Rubin-- did not like this summary

I felt this summary was not very accurate of Gretchen Rubin's writings. Just my opinion.
I have followed Rubin for many years.

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  • David
  • 25-09-2016

Norma Jean Gradsky is a genius!

Where does Summary Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

She is lyrical, intelligent, and a poet in her own right.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the narration. I thought the content was a bit pedestrian.

Which character – as performed by Norma Jean Gradsky – was your favorite?

Only one character.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Summary Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life?

It's all applicable, but it's also all fairly obvious.

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Yes, the narrator is too good for this book.

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  • 27-06-2016

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