28 June, 2015

Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday life by Gretchen Rubin

“Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life.”

Have you ever woken up late thinking, “I should have gone to bed earlier”? Do you find it hard to start new habits? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then this is definitely the book for you!

In Better than before, acclaimed writer Gretchen Rubin, tackles the question ‘How do we change our habits?’ and identifies every approach that really works. She uses extensive research and herself as a guinea pig on the different theories around habits. Drawing on these and cutting-edge science related to habits, willpower, and decision making, Rubin also examines the experiences of her family and friends.

What fascinated me personally after reading this book was not just her engaging storytelling she used to extrapolate her theories, but the questions she has you asking yourself. Once I had understood the differences between the Four Tendencies that influence habit-formation and identified myself within this framework, I realised that I could adapt my habits to suit my personality. The 21 habit-changing strategies that Rubin talks about in this book allowed me to put my new found self-knowledge into action. Everything that Gretchen Rubin talks about in this new book has opened up my eyes to the different habits that propel my life.

Interspersed with inspirational quotes and Rubin’s own “Secrets of Adulthood”, this engaging and informative read is one that will change your life irrevocably. Once you answer the questions in this book and find out everything you need to know about yourself you will be able to shape your habits for a happy life.

If you wanted to read one self-help book this year, make sure it this one as it has the power to change your perception on life!!

Gretchen Rubin has also authored The Happiness Project and Happier at home, both claiming spots on the New York Times bestseller list.


Title: Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday life
Author: Gretchen Rubin


Recommended by Surani R, Waitakere Central Library, Henderson.

Surani R enjoys reading biographies, travelogues, some non-fiction, and loves fiction that makes you laugh out loud. She also finds comfort in children’s fiction with thought-provoking stories.



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