“Better Than Before” By Gretchen Rubin

I have another blog post coming about books I’ve been reading, however, I wanted to have this one to have it’s own post. Plus the other books I’ve been reading are all YA fiction. I know, I know. I’m a little embarrassed and a little not.

A few months ago I read the book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life”.

I read it because I was struggling at keeping new habits, I am also a sucker for self-help books and Gretchen Rubin.

I really enjoyed this book because it helped me reflect on my goals and taught me how I could turn them into habits. Some of the habits I would like to set are: Exercise consistently, eat less sugar, meditate, wake up earlier and go to bed earlier, read my scriptures daily, etc. The book breaks down habits and how each individual creates habits differently.

For instance, some people can eat sugar in moderation. Others have to cut it out completely. It was interesting to read because you always hear nutritionists say to eat in moderation.I am a cut it out cold turkey type of gal, but my goal is to be an “eat it in moderation person.” I think that realizing the type of person you are helps you achieve your desired goal.

The concept that stuck with me the best was setting habits with other habits. For instance, do you watch a certain show every week? Instead of watching it on the couch watch it at the gym. You want to drink more water? drink a glass every time after you pee.

I also liked when she said a new change in your life helps you make and set new habits. So if you move, start a new job, have a baby, get married, or even experience the dreaded time change. All of these changes are great start to creating and setting new habits. This is something I have been trying to do. For instance, whenever Robert has a new semester in school it’s nice to set new habits.


The book was a little repetitive, but most self-help books are.

She said something to the fact that it doesn’t matter how much water you drink and it’s a silly habit to make. However, I think water is so important for you. You have a headache? I say drink more water. You’re hungry but you just ate? Drink more water. You’re getting sick? Drink more water.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Love Love Love,

Krystal Dey

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