I found a lot of useful information in here, and some great practical tips. The author, Gretchen Rubin, is the author of a popular blog turned book called The Happiness Project (which I'd never heard of before). Apparently this book, Better Than Before, grew out of The Happiness Project.
The author asserts that by developing habits we can be happier and healthier. She states that most people want to form the "Essential Seven" habits for themselves. These might manifest differently for everyone, but they are:
- Eat and drink healthfully.
- Exercise regularly.
- Save, spend and earn money wisely.
- Rest, relax and enjoy life.
- Accomplish more, stop procrastinating.
- Simplify, clear, clean and organize.
- Engage more deeply in relationships.
The book seems very well-researched and takes you through lots of different psychological and sociological theories into why people are able to make good habits and break bad ones. It also acknowledges that everyone is unique and has a different personality when it comes to forming behaviors. The author develops four different personas when it comes to habit formation - Obligers, Questioners, Upholders and Rebels - and gives practical tips and insights into each type.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to become more mindful of their habits and how they impact their life!
The book was provided as a free review copy through Blogging for Books.