“Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

6 April 2023
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The book, in one sentence

  • Loneliness is a universal human experience that can drive us to seek connection and avoid isolation.
  • While we all handle loneliness differently, we share an interesting biological tendency to avoid loneliness.
  • Understanding this evolutionary bias in an increasingly digital world can help us consciously navigate our excessive scrolling on social media and prioritize authentic human connections.

Short Summary

Drawing on her own experience and research, Rubin explores the nature of habits and how they are formed and broken in Better Than Before.

She identifies four tendencies influencing how people respond to expectations and offers practical advice on using this knowledge to create and maintain good habits.

She also discusses how to deal with setbacks and challenges and how developing good habits can lead to greater happiness and well-being.

Three key takeaways

  1. Establishing good habits can lead to greater happiness and well-being.
  2. An understanding of one’s habit tendencies can be an aid to the creation and maintenance of good habits.
  3. An essential part of habit formation is overcoming setbacks and challenges.

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