Better Than Before

Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Crown, 2015 more...

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  • Applicable
  • Eye Opening
  • Concrete Examples


Gretchen Rubin offers an enjoyable, entertaining and accessible manual on improving the infrastructure of your life, eliminating unwanted habits and incorporating new, more desirable ones. She tells you how to understand yourself better so you can determine which habit-change strategies will work best for you. Using examples and humor, she lays out the framework for habit formation and maintenance. Rubin teaches you methods for creating new habits, including developing and applying self-knowledge to recognize and deflate excuses. Her goal is to help you find the best ways to reshape your patterns and, thus, improve your life. Rubin’s approach is workable and handy for those who want more control over their lives and who’d like to be “better than before.”


People use habits to change their days and shape their lives. 

Gretchen Rubin recommends that you use your habits to create the infrastructure for an improved life. Suggesting that you can bring your life under control by implementing desired habits and eliminating undesirable ones, the author raises the difficult question: How do you change your habits?

About the Author

Best-selling author of The Happiness Project, among other titles, Gretchen Rubin clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner.

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