Whether good or bad, habits are the invisible architecture of our everyday lives. We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviors every day. But while changing habits may be simple, it's not easy. And most of us have no idea where to start.
In Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Rubin-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home-tackles the critical question: How can we make good habits and break bad ones?
With her signature mix of rigorous research, easy humor, and personal experimentation, Gretchen identifies the many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. As Better than Before makes clear, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. To change our habits, we must first figure out ourselves. Some people do better when they start small; others, when they start big. Some thrive with occasional breaks from good habits, while others do better when they never break the chain.
When we choose the strategies that work best for us, going to the gym can be as automatic as putting on a seatbelt. With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals.
Whether you want to get more sleep, eat more healthfully, or stop checking your phone, habits make change possible. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, you can harness the energy of habits to build a happier, stronger, more productive life.
Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project-an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness.