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Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Better Than Before

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives    

By Gretchen Rubin    

Crown Publishers    

Habits. We all have some that we think are good and some we think are bad. In this book, readers are taught to evaluate their habits and use that knowledge to affect change.

What’s the best way to successfully change a habit? Know your specific personality type. Whether an Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, Obliger, or a combination of these, readers can put the principles of change into action. Included is a quiz to assist with determining which type you are and twenty-one strategies to help establish the habits needed to modify current behaviors.

Rubin provides readers with definitions and strategies to understand how one responds to internal and external expectations and build habits. Strategies include accountability, monitoring, and scheduling, and are dependent on one’s personality type. Loopholes, which Rubin states are an “argument for why we should be excused from following a good habit” are described and how to spot them is explored. There are suggestions for further reading, including Rubin’s book “The Happiness Project.”

Taking the quiz and getting to know one’s personality type and tendencies are reason


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