Dear Book Dr., I love this idea! I am interested in reading about what it takes to make healthy, sustained changes in our lives. They say that it takes 21 days to create or break a habit. In a perfect world there would be a “normal” book about both–creating new, healthy habits and breaking unhealthy ones, that doesn’t recommend 600 burpees a day or never eating bread (gluten-free or otherwise) again. If you know of such a book, please let me know and thanks in advance. -Hip to be healthy
Thank you so much, Hip to Be Healthy!
I like your question for a couple of reasons. First, I think it’s great that you are looking to make sustained change in your life, rather than trying to do anything extreme. In my experience, and training, the best changes are those that last.
The first thing I will recommend to you isn’t actually a book at all, but rather a website: Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project (a book that might be good for your question as well) is currently working on a book about habits, and has been exploring that topic in a very thought-provoking way on her site. If you don’t mind a little web reading, I would hit that up for certain.
In addition, I would suggest two other books for you…
One is called Rewire, and just came out about a month ago. People are going nuts over it in the reviews and it purports to offer just what you asked for: straightforward advice about making good habits and breaking bad ones. Let me know what you think if you try it… I have it on my wish list now.
The second book is called Hardwiring Happiness. The reason I suggest this one is because the desire to create new habits often stems from a desire to live a happier life and to improve how you’re spending your time. I found this book to be a tremendous resource and support around enjoying life more and really connecting with positive experiences so they made a more lasting impact, as well as moving through negative experiences more effortlessly.
If one of the habits you want to break is negative self-talk or if one of the ones you want to create is being happier, I recommend this book highly.
Happy reading! Let us know how you do with these.
The Book Dr.