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‘Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,’ by Gretchen Rubin, helps us create happiness

Posted on 04-15-15 in Behavioral Health, Mental Health

‘Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,’ by Gretchen   Rubin, helps us create happiness

In today’s day and age, multitasking is the norm. In addition to juggling multiple responsibilities at once, our daily activities likely revolve around our smart phone, social media and various encounters with technology. With increased demands in everyday living, balancing work, career, family, friendships, health and a social life can quickly become overwhelming. Learning to prioritize and become highly productive is necessary for remaining balanced and successful, but what is the best way to achieve this?

Forming habits – a key to well-being

In her latest book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,” best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explores how healthy habit forming can, in fact, be the key to building constructive, happier lives. Many of us can identify areas of our lives that we want to improve in: whether it’s eating healthier, increasing our productivity at work, having quality time with friends and family, or developing more fulfilling relationships. In her book, Rubin takes the reader through an explorative journey on how we can change our habits to transform our lives. Some of the practical questions Rubin discusses include:

  • Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do?
  • How quickly can I change a habit?
  • What can I do to stay committed to a new habit?
  • How can I keep a habit that benefits me?

Identifying habits as a key architecture to our everyday life, Rubin answers these questions and more to give readers a practical framework for enhancing their everyday lives. Rubin compels the reader to understand that, by changing our habits, we can effectually change our lives for the better. By infusing a mix of storytelling, easy humor, scientific research, and a captivating voice, Rubin addresses the basics and core principles about habit formation.

About the author, Gretchen Rubin

New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin has written several books on pursuing the better life, including “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home,” which give research-based insight and practical guidance on how to balance the many aspects of living. As a graduate of Yale Law School, Rubin pursued a career in writing after serving as editor-in-chief for the Yale Law Journal and a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day. Described as “the queen of the self-help memoir,” Rubin has successfully developed thought-provoking books on habits and happiness. Rubin currently lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

Taking the first step toward change

Making a change in your life begins with resolve, motivation and determination. If you are seeking to refine your daily life or are striving to make positive changes with your lifestyle, consider reading Gretchen Rubin’s “Better than Before” for practical guidance on how to develop habits to make this change possible. This book is available in hardcover, paperback, kindle, as well as audio CD.

Written by Crystal Karges, Sovereign Health writer