Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Better than Before

Apr. 6, 2015 New York Times

For a few months, Gretchen Rubin’s first book, the longstanding best seller “The Happiness Project,” perched on my bathroom radiator, its cartoonish yellow font in conversation with a stray rubber ducky. I read it in small ­doses, convinced with each sitting that I could go to sleep earlier, or discover a ­hobby, or make three new friends. I often forgot the specific advice shortly after reading it, but the sight of the little bluebird on the cover floating across the perpetually cloudless sky was frequently enough to give me a lift

“The Happiness Project” lays out life’s essential goals — “Boost Energy,” ­“Remember Love,” “Contemplate the Heavens.” Her new book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,” serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them. Rubin was inspired to write it after a friend reported to her that she wanted to go running more but couldn’t get started, even though in high school she’d run track and never missed a practice. Another kind of person might be content to ease the friend’s guilt with some sisterly empathy: Who at our age has time for a daily run?

…Habits “are the invisible architecture of daily life,” she begins. “If we change our habits, we change our lives.” She then proceeds with her trademark bullet points and breezy anecdotes to address various vexing questions, chief among them: “Why is it that sometimes, though we’re very anxious — even desperate — to change a habit, we can’t?” and “Why do some people dread and resist habits, while others adopt them.

Read More on New York Times

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

America's Going to the Gym Again.

That's Great News for Mental Health

Read More

How to Increase Your Motivation and Change Bad Habits

We are naturally drawn to the things that bring us pleasure.

Read More

The Museum of You

An exercise that can provide insight into yourself.

Read More

Yoga and Meditation Are Not Enough

Why we need social change to reduce the epidemic of anxiety.

Read More

Happy Thanksgiving

Remember to let your family and friends know how much they mean.

Read More

Families Are Reuniting for Their First Post-Vax Thanksgiving.

Here is some good advice.

Read More

A Step-by-Step Thanksgiving Checklist

Let's make this a little easier for you.

Read More

Why Success Makes No Sense Until You Embrace Your Failures

Embracing your failures doesn't mean promoting mediocrity: it is the key to achieving sustained success.

Read More