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The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles a critical question: How do we change?

Gretchen Rubin argues that we change 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 to change our habits.

Better than Before shows listeners how to do just that. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow listeners to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counterintuitive) core principles of habit formation.

Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers listeners’ 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. Listening to just a few chapters of Better Than Before will make listeners eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In a way that’s thought-provoking, surprising, and often funny, Gretchen Rubin provides us with the tools to build a life that truly reflects our goals and values.”

    Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author of Thrive

  • Better Than Before is a force for real change. It rearranged what I thought I knew about my habits, and I’m better for it.”

    Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly 

  • “Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and—more important—how they can change.”

    Charles Duhigg, New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit

  • “If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.”


  • Better Than Before…[is] life changing.”

    Better Homes & Gardens

  • “Change can be good. Particularly if it helps us live longer, healthier, indeed, happier lives—the objective of Rubin’s latest project.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This is a fascinating study of the human mind and the process of change, interspersed with psychological facts and real-life examples. One of the best books available on the subject.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “When it comes to the pursuit of happiness, Rubin is one of our most trusted guides, with two bestselling books and a large online following…Change is never easy, but by examining both the larger framework and the nitty-gritty details, Rubin’s new book offers a clear road map.”

    BookPage, Top Pick

  • “Fun and informative…Rubin comes across as a quirky, know-it-all friend who really, really wants to help you improve your life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The likable Gretchen Rubin, who wrote The Happiness Project, makes personal observations about herself as she delivers this immensely helpful audio guide…These personal references and her conversational phrasing make her audiobook sound lighthearted and inviting.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick in March 2015 for Self-Help
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