Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives / Gretchen Rubin.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives. Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits -- as well as change them for good. Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers can take an individualized approach. She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies. Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us. Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt. We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide. With a foundation of good habits, we can build a life that reflects our values and goals.
    • Content Notes:
      Decide not to decide -- Self-knowledge. The fateful tendencies we bring into the world: The four tendencies ; Different solutions for different people: Distinctions -- Pillars of habits. We manage what we monitor: Monitoring ; First things first: Foundation ; If it's on the calendar, it happens: Scheduling ; Someone's watching: Accountability -- The best time to begin. It's enough to begin: First steps ; Temporary becomes permanent: Clean slate ; Data point of one: Lightning bolt -- Desire, ease, and excuses. Free from french fries: Abstaining ; It's hard to make things easier: Convenience ; Change my surroundings, not myself: Inconvenience ; A stumble may prevent a fall: Safeguards ; Nothing stays in Vegas: Loophole-spotting ; Wait fifteen minutes: Distraction ; No finish line: Reward ; Just because: Treats ; Sitting is the new smoking: Pairing -- Unique, just like everyone else. Choose my bale of hay: Clarity ; I'm the fussy one: Identity ; Not everyone is like me: Other people -- Everyday life in utopia -- Quiz: The four tendencies.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-298).
    • ISBN:
      9780385348614
      0385348614
    • Accession Number:
      2014031703
    • Accession Number:
      ocn887450809
      887450809
    • Accession Number:
      fay.451373
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RUBIN, G.; RUBIN, G. C.; RUBIN, G. Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives. First edition. [s. l.]: Crown Publishers, 2015. ISBN 9780385348614. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373. Acesso em: 8 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Rubin G, Rubin GC, Rubin G. Better than before : Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. First edition. Crown Publishers; 2015. Accessed August 8, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373
    • APA:
      Rubin, G., Rubin, G. C., & Rubin, G. (2015). Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives (First edition.). Crown Publishers.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rubin, Gretchen, Gretchen Craft Rubin, and Gretchen Rubin. 2015. Better than before : Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. First edition. Crown Publishers. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373.
    • Harvard:
      Rubin, G., Rubin, G. C. and Rubin, G. (2015) Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives. First edition. Crown Publishers. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373 (Accessed: 8 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rubin, G, Rubin, GC & Rubin, G 2015, Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives, First edition., Crown Publishers, viewed 8 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Rubin, Gretchen, et al. Better than before : Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. First edition., Crown Publishers, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rubin, Gretchen, Gretchen Craft Rubin, and Gretchen Rubin. Better than before : Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. First edition. Crown Publishers, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rubin G, Rubin GC, Rubin G. Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives [Internet]. First edition. Crown Publishers; 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 8]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.451373

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2015 February #1

Author Rubin (The Happiness Project) believes that through altering habits people change their lives and that there is no one-size-fits-all method to making desired alterations. Habit change is more successful, says Rubin, if individuals choose strategies that coincide with their tendencies to respond negatively or positively to outer and inner expectations. The author then explains approaches for the upholder, the rebel, the questioner, and the obliger, by which each type can best tackle foundation habits (e.g., sleeping, moving, uncluttering, and eating/drinking healthfully). VERDICT 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.

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PW Reviews 2014 December #4

Bestseller Rubin (The Happiness Project) returns with this fun and informative self-help tome on the ways we unthinkingly shape our lives with habits. As she shows, habits affect our lives in both positive and negative ways. By acquiring positive habits and eliminating negative ones, we can increase our overall happiness. "How we schedule our days is how we spend our lives," Rubin asserts. The subtitle calls to mind Julia Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suggesting a goal similar to Child's: to collect all the available information on the subject and break it down into components for readers to apply to their own lives. Writing that "we can build our habits only on the foundation of our own nature," Rubin goes on to identify four tendencies, or personality types, in relation to habit-formation: upholder, questioner, obliger, and rebel. Her style is clear, and her voice is accessible yet mildly egg-headed. Using quotations from William James and Samuel Johnson, citations of current research, and personal anecdotes, Rubin comes across as a quirky, know-it-all friend who really, really wants to help you improve your life. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher and Co. (Mar.)

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