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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin

What I learned about making and breaking habits - to sleep more, quit sugar, procrastinate less, and generally build a happier life. The author has also written a book called The Happiness Project, and is host of a webcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. This is an interesting book about habits, good ones and bad ones, and how to start good ones and drop bad ones. She writes from personal experience, and the experiences of friends in the real world. That is what makes this book applicable to the average person, it uses real life examples to illustrate food habits, procrastination, and time usage habits. An endorsement by Susan Cain, author of Quiet, adds credence to this book.
In a chapter called Free From French Fries, she describes two types of people, Abstainers and Moderators. You will see yourself and your habits falling into one of those. In the chapter titles, It's Hard to Make Things Easier, she explains the Secret of Adulthood, and it is to Make it Easy to do right, and hard to go wrong. Simple, yet very effective advice that many of us have heard from many other sources, but always good for a reminder. Simplicity, Abundance, and Overbuyer are descriptive terms that you will see yourself and others.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to break a bad habit, or start a good habit, which is just about anyone. I found her suggestions and advice easy to read and practical. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter add to the subject.
Publisher by Broadway Books, www.broadwaybooks.com, There is also extra content included, a notes section, and Suggested reading. All in all, a good book and an easy read.
I have been provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

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