What I’m Reading // Better Than Before

Better Than Before Cover

I have been an, A+, #1, Gretchen Rubin fan since devouring The Happiness Project several years ago. Her do it now personal commandment became a game changer for my life. If you have known me for any amount of time, you will often catch me saying this to myself, usually out loud, all. the. time. So now you know where it came from. And that I’m not just crazy.

When my copy of Better Than Before arrived, I was so excited to dive in, I immediately began flipping through the pages just to catch a glimpse of the chapter titles. (I know I’m not the only person that does that, right?) When I finally had a few quiet nap time moments, I opened it and began.

The central idea of the book is to help you figure out exactly why you are the way you are and to help you find ways to make habit formation work for you. Gretchen lays out the four personality tendencies most people can identify with, (Upholders, Questioners, Rebels, and Obligers), and like most of her books, uses her everyday life, family, circle of friends, etc. to cite real life, relatable examples of these tendencies and how habit formation works, or doesn’t for each of them.

After reading through the list of tendencies, there was no doubt that I belong in the vast group of Obligers. Having never really thought about the fact that I meet outer expectations, yet struggle to meet my own expectations, I found that finally having a label for my habit formation blunders made me realize I can change it. I am who I am, after all. As I flipped through the pages, I found myself in many of the scenarios, others not so much, but nonetheless my mental notepad was definitely full after closing the cover.

The thing I love most about this book is the fact that Gretchen does not try to fit every reader into one box, offering one solution, basing her book on one problem. She’s simple and makes something as arduous as habit formation simple. Although now, two months after placing the book back onto my bookshelf, I find myself a little overwhelmed. Ideas and principles can seem so simple on paper, but when life occurs outside the parameters of a book, the challenge and balance of real habit formation begins.

The Fine Print: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for a complete and honest review. All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own and are not sponsored in any way.

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