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


Obtained: Penguin Random House, ARC
Pages: 320
Publish date: March 17, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

I don’t normally read self-help books, but I’d always had my eye on Rubin’s The Happiness Project. There are two things that interest me enough to read an entire book telling me what to do regarding that issue, and those are staying happy and keeping my life in control. I got a copy of Better Than Before at the Random House Blogger Preview event, leaving very excited that I now owned this book.

Gretchen Rubin’s newest book was promised to give me insightful advice on how to get out of bad habits and replace them with good ones I want to keep, and she did not let me down. Rubin identifies four types of personalities when it comes to making habits, according to what motivates them to stay on task, and then proceeds to explain how each of these personality types can use multiple habit making or breaking techniques to better their lives in the way they want to better them.

After taking the quiz at the back of the book, I’ve discovered I am 100% an Upholder {someone who is motivated by internal and external expectations). This doesn’t surprise me at all, but as an Upholder, I’ve been under the impression I’m just really great at habits. I don’t need to fix mine, I have everything under control. Well, that’s totally inaccurate. Reading through this book, I’ve considered how I could make myself more active or eat healthier, or how I can be less stressed with my workload without impulsively buying books, or try to make time for everything I want to do in my social life.

Rubin’s Better Than Before will make you reconsider every single habit you have in your life, why you do it, and how you can change that habit (if you want to), or how you can make that habit more effective if that’s what you want. Reading this book didn’t make me feel embarrassed about my bad habits, it empowered me to want to make the right decision for me and change what I need to in order for me to be better than the Michelle I was before.


5 thoughts on “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin: Book Review

  1. Naomi says:

    I enjoyed both of Rubin’s Happiness books, and I’m looking forward to someday reading this one, too. I can think of a couple of habits I wouldn’t mind changing. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

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