Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Written by:
Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by:
Gretchen Rubin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2015
9 hours 34 minutes
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.

Bonus Feature: Includes a full episode from the author's podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin in which she discusses how to build happier habits into everyday life.
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Jamie Simmons

First, let me say that I am a pretty "type A" routined person, and I'm interested in this topic. As a full time teacher and single mom to a child with a very busy schedule, I'm always looking for time saving tips to accomplish more in less time. With that said, this book was unbelievably annoying. I found the author, who reads the book, to be so arrogant and obnoxious. She really sees herself and her incredibly rigid, full blown OCD habits as making her the most perfect person in the world. Throughout the entire book she references her husband, Jamie, her daughters, Eliza and Eliner, and her sister, Elizabeth and Elizabeth's husband, and she talks about how she's constantly trying to get them to adopt all of her perfect habits. I seriously don't know how her family tolerates her. If you are an unproductive, unorganized person looking to create good habits, this book probably isn't for you. This book is for an already routined person looking to turn their habits into full blown obsession. Sorry, but I will not be standing on one leg every time I get into an elevator to practice my balance or adopting any of the other ridiculous habits suggested in the book.

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Holly S.

Great book!

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