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Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to… (edition 2015)

by Gretchen Rubin (Author)

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Title:Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
Authors:Gretchen Rubin (Author)
Info:Broadway Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Self-Help, personal development, Non-fiction

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Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

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    How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams (Deesirings)
    Deesirings: Adams suggest having "systems" rather than goals. Developing good habits appears to be a key system in Adams' approach to success and Rubin's book elaborates on how to do that. These two books therefore complement each other.

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É inicio do ano e toda a gente fez desejos e promessas de início do ano que por esta altura já quebrou. Eu tento sempre quebrar hábitos maus e iniciar novos mas tenho noção que só na Primavera é que estarei mais motivada para iniciar uma mudança. Mesmo assim escolhi começar o ano com o mais recente livro da Gretchen Rubin sobre hábitos. Já tinha lido o [b:The Happiness Project|6398634|The Happiness Project Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun|Gretchen Rubin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1256849491s/6398634.jpg|6587328] o qual tinha gostado bastante e este também não desiludiu. A Gretchen escreve muito bem e é muito clara nas suas ideias. Além disso ela investiga bastante sobre os temas que lhe interessam resultando em livros ricos em menções, excertos e citações de uma panóplia de pessoas do passado e presente. Tive uns bons momentos de "ah-ah!!" enquanto o lia, em que percebi porque é que eu desistia de certos hábitos tão facilmente e não de outros. Aprendi que mudar hábitos vai mais além do tão banal: "É preciso teres força de vontade!". O primeiro passo é mesmo conhece-te a ti mesmo e o livro ajuda bastante nesse sentido. Tirando algumas partes que achei que ela esmiuçou demais e outras em que parecia que só falava de exercício físico e comida, este é um livro muito agradável, interessante e uma boa ajuda para conseguir encontrar formas de não desistir.
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Quando comecei a ler este livro e vim espreitar o Goodreads para conhecer outras opiniões do livro fiquei surpreendida com a quantidade de opiniões sobre a personalidade da autora que estavam mascaradas de opiniões sobre o livro. Shame on you!! É verdade que a autora expõe muito sobre si e a sua vida pessoal para fazer passar as suas ideias. Conta, com exemplos concretos, como coloca outras pessoas a testar as suas teorias sobre hábitos e assume (e até graceja) com a sua maneira de ser. Mas, se ela assume e graceja, porquê bater mais no ceguinho e dizer "A autora parece ser uma chata que melga a família e os amigos a seguir os seus hábitos perfeitos!"? Não, isso não é uma crítica ao livro, é pura cusquice. ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
I read about 15% but did not find anything helpful. There was a listing of many categories of behavior and discovering which categories you fell into was to be used to help form habits. I had hoped that this book might build on The Power of Habit by Duhigg, but it did not seem to be going in that direction, so I quit reading.
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Gretchen Rubin describes how habits are formed. They can be good or bad which we know already. She extrapolates on the basic concept of habits by explaining her research revealing four possible Tendancies. If you know your particular Tendancy you will have a better sense of self moving forward.
Gretchen Rubin provided a lot of examples that worked for her. She & I did not fall into the same pattern of Tendancies. I am going to have to see how I can apply her advice to my specific situation. Thankfully, the end of the book offers several additional resources. ( )
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
Note: I actually listened to this on Audible, but when I've tried adding Audible editions to Goodreads, it gets weird. Book was read by the author, which I prefer.

My daughter found this book and read it - then suggested I read it. Then she reread it. Keep in mind she's 17. Since I prefer to read self-help and betterment books via audiobook while I drive, I grabbed it from Audible since she kept telling me it was a good book and I "should really read it already".

She was so, so right. I've read a lot of books lately on building good habits, on what makes habits stick, on self-improvement. However, this one not only goes into how to create a good habit, but also how to identify what works for each individual. She describes the "Four Tendencies," which are personality types of a sort, which give insight as to whether any particular habit strategy will be useful or not. Always, ~always~, she reminds us to do what is true to our personality and our own preferences. (Meaning, if you hate sports, why would you join a tennis league? If you aren't interested in music, perhaps painting is a better choice if you want to add some creativity to your life.) I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It is a keeper, a book to share, and has really made me think over the last week while I was driving to work. ( )
  Cfo6 | Mar 19, 2018 |
Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy! This is a really interesting look at habits — breaking them, forming them, running into pitfalls on the way.

Here's the thing: I was a psych major in university. And because of that, I enjoyed the sections that were backed up by psychological research (like the issue of rewarding one's self, and how in studies, kids who are rewarded for colouring will colour for shorter amounts of time and put less effort into it). It's stuff I remember from psych 101 and social psych, and it's pretty cool to see it applied to forming and breaking habits.

And this book was a great reminder that while I know a decent amount about human psychology, I'll be darned, I couldn't apply it to my own life and write regularly. This book is great at helping with that — at turning the theoretical into actions.

I was less interested in the sections that dealt with a departure from established, researched concepts (like some of her classifications, or the diet thing). There's no reason why some of the classifications she uses to categorize people couldn't be right. And I get her point: she is the most important data point in her own life, so if something doesn't work for the majority of the population but works for her... then the important thing is that it works for her, and there's no reason for her to stop doing it.

But I like my claims backed up with citations. So, when she had none... that ruined the credibility of the book a little for me.

Still, this isn't a psych textbook. This is a self-help book. And it conveys a lot of useful information about habits to the reader in a friendly and approachable way. I could see this being a fantastic source of help and motivation for a lot of people. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385348614, Hardcover)

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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"Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives. Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits--as well as change them for good. Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers can take an individualized approach. She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies. Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us. Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt. We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide. With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals"--… (more)

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