“First we make our habits and then our habits make us.”
—John Dryden

As Tal Ben-Shahar teaches, once we can cement something as a habit, it doesn’t require self-discpline to do it. It becomes automatic, like brushing our teeth. In her latest book, Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Gretchen Rubin explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.

Would you like to cultivate some new habits? Want to dive deeper into the research and practical experience of habit formation? Then check out this recent blog post about the book and get reading.

Ready to chat? Go to the comment section below, and/or join the live conference call on Monday, October 5.

Book Discussion

When: Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm EDT
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
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Who should join: Anyone interested in changing their lives by changing their habits, anyone who works with people who are trying to change, and anyone curious about habit formation. Coaches, CiPP alumni, current students, prospective students, and lifelong learners are all welcome. CiPP3 alum and beloved teaching assistant Mina Simhai will lead the discussion.

Why join: Build your habit of joining WBI’s monthy book discussions, broaden your understanding of creating change by forming new habits, connect with fellow positive psychology practitioners and change seekers—and have fun!

Book Summary


In Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, the author of the New York Times best-sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the critical question: How do we change?

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and we can harness their energy to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

Better than Before answers the question, How do we change our habits? It presents a practical, concrete framework for readers to understand their habits— and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the sometimes counterintuitive core principles of habit formation.

Along the way, Rubin uses herself as a guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions, such as:

  • Why do I find it tough to create a habit of something I love to do?
  • Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit no matter how hard I try. Why?
  • What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit?
  • How can I help someone else change a habit?
  • Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me?

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About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.