Better Than Before

Better Than Before

Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Audio,, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780553551716
055355171X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Summary: 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.

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AL_ANNA Jun 07, 2017

Rubin devised the “Four Tendencies” framework to describe how a person responds to expectations as Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel. She analyzes the best ways to create, maintain or delete habits for each type of person. If you liked "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, you might like this book too.

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Aikomarsi
Apr 06, 2017

I agree with the previous reviewer on all points. My only criticism is that I would prefer to have this one in print. I did, however learn plenty that is applicable and I look forward to picking it up in print so that I can truly delve in. (I only listen to my books on tape when driving, so it's hard for a note taker like myself to really apply what I learned without being able to write down what I need to retain).

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ElNNEJ
Jan 13, 2017

This is beautifully written, and a very easy to listen to audio book, read by the author. I couldn't wait to get into the car, just to listen to the audio book. I found useful tips on creating and maintaining new habits, and reasons for why some habits are hard to break or start. My review could go on and on. Overall, very enjoyable!

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