Saturday, May 13, 2017

Forming Good Habits

Gretchen Rubin is a successful writer on habits and happiness. She has shaped how people think about these topics and is regarded as an expert. Her book Better Than Before is a New York Times bestseller and her two other books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, were instant bestsellers. Rubin knows a thing or two about happiness and getting the most out of life. 

I learned about Rubin's book Better Than Before on InstagramI was open to reading Rubin's book because I am eager to learn about ways I can push myself to be a better person, more successful and understand my true myself.  I found Better Than Before intriguing because I never really thought too deeply about my habits. Most of my habits have been formed over a long period of time and have become automatic. I generally have good habits which has helped me to achieve success, stability and happiness in my life. As my 99 year old friend Winnie told me one day "Dara, you really don't have any real problems!" For others who may be struggling in different areas of their life Rubin's book might be helpful. Having awareness of how you make decisions and how your choices can effect your life may make a positive difference in your life.

A paragraph I felt summed up the book well is quoted below. 

"Some habits become completely automatic; others require effort, always. What matters is to be moving in the right direction. There's a great satisfaction in knowing that we've made good use of our days, that we've lived up to our expectations of ourselves. The true aim is not to break bad habits, but to outgrow them. With the bright light of attention, we can recognize and acknowledge them, and leave them behind."