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May Book Club: Better Than Before

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After reading last month’s book, I wasn’t sure I could find another that would capture my interest and excitement so fully. That is, until I discovered Gretchen Rubin’s newest read, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. I am completely obsessed with optimizing my life, so of course this book majorly has my attention. I’ve already started reading it and am learning so much!

Here’s an excerpt to give you an idea of what’s to come:

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When we change our habits, we change our lives. We can use decision making to choose the habits we want to form, we can use willpower to get the habit started; then—and this is the best part—we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. We take our hands off the wheel of decision, our foot off the gas of willpower, and rely on the cruise control of habits.

That’s the promise of habit.

For a happy life, it’s important to cultivate an atmosphere of growth—the sense that we’re learning new things, getting stronger, forging new relationships, making things better, helping other people. Habits have a tremendous role to play in creating an atmosphere of growth, because they help us make consistent, reliable progress.

Perfection may be an impossible goal, but habits help us to do better. Making headway toward a good habit, doing better than before, saves us from facing the end of another year with the mournful wish, once again, that we’d done things differently.

Habit is notorious—and rightly so—for its ability to control our actions, even against our will. By mindfully choosing our habits, we harness the power of mindlessness as a sweeping force for serenity, energy, and growth.

Better than before! It’s what we all want.

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Will you be reading along?

P.S. Be sure to check out Gretchen Rubin’s blog for more on her pursuits of happiness and habits.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Alicia
    April 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I’m so impressed with how you continue reading through all of these books! You are inspiring me to try and keep up. All of your monthy picks have been so spot on with what I am trying to accomplish in my life. I’m excited for this next book! :)

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      Natalie Borton
      April 25, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I’m so glad you’re loving the book picks!! I seriously am devouring this one. So, so good!

      • Reply
        Alicia
        April 25, 2015 at 7:13 pm

        Im beyond excited to dive in! Now to find the time with my 9 month old!

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    Gina
    April 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Hey Natalie! This book sounds amazing. I’m sort of obsessed with this concept myself and it isn’t always so well received by family members:)
    I read your IG post… just wanted you to know I can relate to everything you wrote. You are an amazing inspiration and I have no doubt you are doing God’s work, girl!
    Know you are not alone in your feelings, but we’ve got your back.
    XO,Gina
    http://www.classyeverafterblog.com

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    Gina
    April 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    oops, sorry… I was responding to Natalie from Natalie dressed regarding that IG post. I still love the sound of the book tho…I ordered it so thanks for recommending!

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