Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Review: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Gretchen Rubin's latest book, the author explores habits and how we can create good ones and change bad ones. This book was written somewhat in the spirit of her earlier book, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Like that book, Better Than Before combines Rubin's personal experiences and attempts to self-help, and inspiration and ideas for the reader. Better Than Before veers a bit more in the direction of self-help than The Happiness Project, which was more memoir-centered. Rubin's book is readable and unlike a lot of self-help, it's not overly touchy-feely. Rubin starts the book by arguing that habit forming/changing is most effective if we tailor it to our personality types. Another thing that sets this book apart from other self-help books is that, as in The Happiness Project, Rubin does not present herself as an expert on the topic, and instead tries out methods herself.
(I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)