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Habits. Such a simple yet powerful word. It contains all the behaviors we perform without giving them too much thought. Our actions and decisions, all mixed in a specific ritual.

The most interesting part about habits is how different they all are for every single one of us. Habits can refer to anything; from reaching for your toothpaste and toothbrush each morning to what you eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Forming a specific habit means associating a specific thing or action with another one. Making the right associations can drastically improve your life from all perspectives: work, psychology, health, and even money.

Here at Four Minute Books, we’ve summarized over 1,000 books. It’s quite a number, and it has provided us with a bit of knowledge regarding habits. We’ve discovered the best books on creating better habits, breaking bad ones, and even using the concept of habits itself to your advantage. If you manage them well, your habits will guide you to success and happiness – seemingly on autopilot!

If you want to dive into the world of habits, regardless of the field, consider the following 21 books. We’ve sorted them by various categories. Each section includes our favorite quote, a one-sentence-summary of the book, and three key takeaways. As a bonus, you can also find some reasons why you might want to read the book. The clickable table of contents below will allow you to jump to any of the books or categories.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the 21 best habit books of all time!

Table of Contents

1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  • 2. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • 3. The Habit Blueprint by Patrik Edblad
  • 4. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  • 5. The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

6. Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg

7. mini habits by stephen guise, 8. the achievement habit by bernard roth, 9. the creative habit by twyla tharp, 10. the 8th habit by stephen r. covey.

  • 11. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

12. Switch  by Chip & Dan Heath

13. millionaire success habits by dean graziosi.

  • 14. Dollars And Sense by Dan Ariely & Jeff Kreisler
  • 15. Rewire by Richard O’Connor
  • 16. You Are Not Your Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz
  • 17. The Joy Of Movement by Kelly McGonigal

18. Willpower by Roy Baumeister

19. drive by daniel pink, 20. habits of a happy brain by loretta breuning, 21. the willpower instinct by kelly mcgonigal, other book lists by topic, other book lists by author, best books on habits overall, favorite quote.

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.” — James Clear

The Book in One Sentence

Atomic Habits  is the definitive guide to breaking bad behaviors and adopting good ones in four steps, showing you how small, incremental, everyday routines compound into massive, positive change over time.

Why should you read it?

You want to be better, but you don’t know where to start. Can you think of any good habits you might want to form and any bad habits you might want to get rid of? If the answer is yes, then this book is the right one for you, as it contains quite an impressive number of both examples and steps you can take when it comes to building habits. Giving even that 1% each day is important, or at least that’s what James tells us. And it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about reducing stress, losing weight, or winning a championship – Atomic Habits is the solution that will answer all of your questions.

Key Takeaways

  • Every time we perform a habit, we execute a four-step pattern: cue, craving, response, reward.
  • If we want to form new habits, we should make them obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying.
  • You can use a habit tracker as a fun way to measure your progress and make sure you don’t fall off the wagon.

If you want to learn more, you can read our free four-minute summary or get a copy for yourself.

2. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People  by Stephen R. Covey

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” — Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People  teaches you both personal and professional effectiveness by changing your view of how the world works and giving you 7 habits, which, if adopted well, will lead you to immense success.

Life can sometimes become a rollercoaster and the simplest things tend to be overlooked. Things seem complicated when they are really not. And that is exactly what Stephen is telling us: the basic things might just be our key to success. Just to get you hooked on the book, I will give you one spoiler: prioritization is crucial. Sounds complicated, right? You might want to read the book to see how easy it actually is!

  • Do the funeral test.
  • Learn how to say no.
  • Practice active listening.

3. The Habit Blueprint  by Patrik Edblad

“Since you’re the biggest expert in the world on your behavior, I encourage you to take on the roles of both scientist and subject from this point forward. Let life become your experiment and the world your lab.” — Patrik Edblad

The Habit Blueprint  strips down behavior change to its very core, giving you the ultimate, research-backed recipe for cultivating the habits you desire, with plenty of backup steps you can take to maximize your chances of success.

If you consider yourself the type of person that really needs a “how-to” kind of strategy, then this is the book for you. Times change and so do people, but in order to keep things running smoothly, people need to decide that they want to change and actually start doing it. Which can become overwhelming at times. Written by a certified mental trainer, this book is a quick and easy read that will determine you to actually jump from thought to action.

  • Get a head start on your habit changes by picking a keystone habit first.
  • Avoid fluctuating willpower by starting ridiculously small.
  • Use the sunk cost fallacy to your advantage by building a chain of check-ins.

4. Better Than Before  by Gretchen Rubin

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” — Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before  breaks down the latest research on how to break bad habits and develop good ones, in order to help you find your habit tendency and give you a few simple tools to start improving your own habits.

Nowadays, one of the most asked questions is related to change. And this New York Times bestseller is trying to answer that exact question with a very simple answer. The way in which we spend our time basically dictates how our lives flow. And maybe even those daily habits you might not necessarily take into consideration have a bigger impact than you might think. If you need doable approaches or concepts that can take you a long way, this book can help you achieve that.

  • There are 4 different habit tendencies: Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel.
  • Track and plan your habits with two simple tools to make sure you follow through: a calendar and a habit tracker.
  • Make good habits easy to do and bad ones unattractive.

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5. the power of habit  by charles duhigg.

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” — Charles Duhigg

The Power Of Habit  helps you understand why habits are at the core of everything you do, how you can change them, and what impact that will have on your life, your business and society.

Human nature might be difficult to understand sometimes and scientific discoveries regarding it never ceases to amaze us. If you are looking for an enjoyable book, that gives you a bit of insight into how exactly habits work and how they can be changed, then this book might be your winner. Habits govern our life, whether they’re good or bad. Starting or breaking a habit might be difficult, but knowing exactly how and why they are formed can save us a lot of time and give us a lot of control.

  • Habits work in 3-step loops: cue, routine, reward.
  • You can change your habits by substituting just one part of the loop, the routine.
  • Willpower is the most important habit, and you can strengthen it over time with 3 things.
“After you put your feet on the floor in the morning, immediately say this phrase, ‘It’s going to be a great day.’ As you say these seven words, try to feel optimistic and positive.” ― B.J. Fogg

Tiny Habits  shows you the power of applying small changes to your routine to unleash the full power that habits have to make your life better.

Times sometimes get really chaotic and have a greater effect than imagined on us. And at one point, we can all agree that change is not the easiest process out there, as it has a lot of elements that form it. The world’s leading expert B.J. Fogg agrees with this idea, which is why the main focus is on breaking a “habit” into a set of “little habits”, which can allow you to make small, but sure changes. If taking things step by step is your way to go, then this book should be all yours.

  • Starting embarrassingly small is the secret to keep you going through the boring days and beyond to finally reach your goals.
  • Motivation doesn’t work for long-term growth, you need to tap into the potential of behavior.
  • To unlock the power of action, connect your habits with prompts that are already in your daily routine.
“Be the person with embarrassing goals and impressive results instead of one of the many people with impressive goals and embarrassing results.” ― Stephen Guise

Mini Habits  explains how you can get the most out of the fact that 45% of your behavior happens on autopilot by setting ridiculously small goals, relying on willpower instead of motivation and tracking your progress to live a life that’s full of good mini habits.

This book dives into the idea that you can change and make these changes last. Do you want a motivating, but rather quick read? Hop right on, but don’t go too fast. Keeping a rather lower profile and going slower might be the key elements to success. Also, if you want a bit of the author’s personal touch, a book that will make you think: “That makes so much sense and it is exactly what I was thinking!,” then you might have made an important discovery with this title.

  • Set a super easy goal to start, because chances are you’ll keep going once you’re off.
  • Use some kind of system to track your habits and progress.
  • When you beat your goal, don’t increase the standard, or you’ll fall off the wagon.

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“We don’t realize how many of our fixed views of the world are based on limited samples of reality.” — Bernard Roth

The Achievement Habit  shows you that being an achiever can be learned, by using the principles of design thinking to walk you through several stories and exercises, which will get you to stop wishing and start doing.

Written by the Academic Director at the Stanford d. School, this book dives into the powerful methods of design thinking. Do you usually find yourself stuck in situations or moments in which you shouldn’t be? This book offers enough tips to help you remove yourself from such a situation by rewiring the way in which you think about a problem. And the best part about this book? You can find quite a few strategies that are not only creative but will also help you when you feel like you are stuck.

  • Stop giving reasons, they’re just another form of excuses.
  • Swap “but” for “and” in everything you say.
  • Don’t network, make real friends instead.
“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” — Twyla Tharp

The Creative Habit  is a dancer’s blueprint to making creativity a habit, which she’s successfully done for over 50 years in the entertainment industry.

Creativity is often seen as a gift, as something magical, a spark some people are born with, while others without. But what if it’s all about effort and construction? This book is not your usual “manual” or practical kind of book – it is more an insight into how Twyla Tharp stays on top of her game. If you are looking for strategies that could be considered rather high-level and could help you be the most creative person out there, this would be a great starting point.

  • Design a starting ritual for your creative process.
  • Use a project box to prepare your work and ground yourself.
  • Always end right in the middle of work for an easy entry the next day.
“People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.” — Stephen R. Covey

The 8th Habit  is about finding your voice and helping others discover their own, in order to thrive at work in the Information Age, where interdependence is more important than independence.

A sequel to his previous book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this one challenges readers to put everything they have learned so far in the proper perspective and flourish from there. If you are on the lookout for simple, yet useful insights to help you be more effective, Stephen has them for you. And one of the best parts is that these principles can be integrated into any part of your life – be it private or public life, all in order to make a difference.

  • Your freedom to choose is the biggest gift you were born with.
  • Build trust by being friendly, knowing when to say sorry and following through on your promises.
  • Empower others by giving up control and handing them responsibility.

11. The Now Habit  by Neil Fiore

“The choice is not working or not working, but which type of work; even feeling guilty because of procrastinating takes some effort.” — Neil Fiore

The Now Habit  is a strategic program to help you eliminate procrastination from your life, bring fun and motivation back to your work and enjoy your well-earned spare time without feeling guilty.

Having sold over 100.000 copies, this book tackles the idea of overcoming procrastination through a comprehensive plan. There are quite a few books on the market that usually tell you that procrastination can be overcome if you make a list or just… start working. But this book does not give you those reasons over and over again. It starts by explaining why people procrastinate and as you might have guessed it, it is not because they’re lazy. But not to give any spoilers, information is key in this book and it opens the lock to all your time barriers.

  • Procrastination is trained into us.
  • Try to unschedule your life.
  • Record your distractions to block them.
“Knowledge does not change behavior. We have all encountered crazy shrinks and obese doctors and divorced marriage counselors.” — Chip & Dan Heath

Switch  is about how you can lead and encourage changes of human behavior, both in yourself and in your organization, by focusing on the three forces that influence it: the rider, the elephant and the path.

Best-selling authors of Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath have returned with a delicate subject: how do you change when it’s not so easy to do so? Are you also looking for complex subjects explained in a simple manner? This book comprises a metaphorical sense that helps with all the concepts that are presented. Changing is not an easy task, but knowing exactly how to kickstart the mechanics behind change can help you achieve quite a lot. And it might never be the easy way out, but it will definitely be the best way out.

  • Focus on one specific, critical aspect of the change, so the rider doesn’t have to decide.
  • Get the elephant moving with a powerful emotion.
  • Make the path of change easy to follow, because human behavior is highly situational.

Best Habit Books About Money

“It doesn’t matter where you come from. It only matters where you are and where you want to go.” — Dean Grazios

Millionaire Success Habits  will teach you the habits you need to become financially successful and make a big difference in the world along the way.

Where could you situate yourself in life as we speak and where do you want to end up? This book might just have the answer you are looking for. Informative and impressive – these are probably the best words to describe this book. And sometimes, the smallest shifts can produce the biggest effects. And that, no matter the circumstances you find yourself in. It just takes a bit of courage to apply any of the wisdom shared in this book.

  • Find your why by doing the seven levels deep exercise and your motivation and energy will skyrocket.
  • Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses, if you want to be happier and more productive.”
  • Wake up the hero inside of you and let them take charge of your life.

14. Dollars And Sense  by Dan Ariely & Jeff Kreisler

“Thinking a lot about money would be fine if by thinking more about it we were able to make better decisions.” — Dan Ariely & Jeff Kreisler

Dollars And Sense  explains why it’s so hard to manage money and teaches you how to combat false cues and natural desires so you can manage your dollars in better ways.

Money is just a collection of numbers, or so we think, but sometimes, we judge these numbers with our hearts, and not our heads. How would you describe your relationship with money and how would you describe your spending habits? Behavioural economist, Dan Ariely has partnered up with writer Jeff Kreisler to explain how instincts work in our relationship with money. Knowing exactly how and when certain behaviours are instilled can help us reconsider our daily financial decisions. You might be surprised to find out that a lot of our money-related decisions are actually just a bias.

  • Fundamental human characteristics make it hard to manage our money.
  • Use emotional connections and “Ulysses Contracts” to boost your self-control.
  • Get rid of your complex budget and make a simple one.

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15. rewire  by richard o’connor.

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“You know very well what the right choice is, yet you keep making the wrong one.” — Richard O’Connor

Rewire  explains why we keep engaging in addictive and self-destructive behavior, how our brains justify it and where you can get started on breaking your bad habits by becoming more mindful and disciplined.

Written by a psychotherapist, this book gives you a number of tools that will help you not only understand those bad behaviours you might have but also change them. People have a tendency to “repeat mistakes”, which might just be bad habits that die hard. This book will also go deeper into the roots of a certain problem, in order to put things into a certain perspective and will help you overcome any destructive behaviour with the help of exercise. A short book, but packed with a lot of valuable information!

  • You have two selves that influence your actions – a conscious one and an automatic one.
  • Repressing your emotions can cause you to become self-destructive.
  • You can start breaking your bad habits by faking it and training mindfulness.

16. You Are Not Your Brain  by Jeffrey M. Schwartz

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“Your mind is your biggest ally” — Jeffrey M. Schwartz

You Are Not Your Brain  educates you about the science behind bad habits and breaking them, giving you an actionable 4-step framework you can use to stop listening to your brain’s deceptive messages.

This 4 – Step Method book, written by two neuroscience experts can help you change those bad habits once and for all. More and more people seem to dive into an unhealthy way of thinking, which affects them from every perspective. But this can be overcome, as it is explained in this book. Your brain might push you into thinking in a certain way, but your mind can become your biggest ally against destructive thoughts or actions.

  • Self-directed neuroplasticity is your go-to weapon to change your habits.
  • Hebb’s law and the quantum zeno effect.
  • There are 4 steps you can take to break a bad habit.

17. The Joy Of Movement  by Kelly McGonigal

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“The right playlist can transform your experience of exercise.” — by Kelly McGonigal

The Joy Of Movement  is just what you need to finally find the motivation to get out and exercise more often by teaching you the scientific reasons why it’s good for you and why your body is designed to enjoy it.

Many books will tell you why you should get up and start moving around in your house. Dance, sing, jump – do whatever your body tells you to. Now, do you feel all pumped up? Because this book will have you all pumped up as well and it will show you how to start enjoying moving around! If you want to have a better understanding of the science behind movement and how it makes us feel all better, you might want to run to the nearest store and find this book.

  • The “runner’s high” comes with any type of physical exertion, is a protection against anxiety and depression, and can even make you more social.
  • Exercise can give you a hit like drugs would, but with a whole lot of positive side-effects instead of the negative ones that come from substance abuse.
  • If you don’t like the idea of steroids but want to enhance your performance, use music to reach your peak state while exercising.

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“For most of us, the problem is not a lack of goals but rather too many of them” — Roy Baumeister

Willpower  is a blend of practical tips and the latest scientific research on self-control, explaining how willpower works, what you can do to improve it, how to optimize it and which steps to take when it fails you.

Roy F. Baumeister, an influential psychologist, teamed up with a science writer, John Tierney, in the writing of this book. And what did they find out? That self-control might be a well-kept secret for a better and successful life and that this secret can be easily mastered. This book is filled with tips and different techniques that can help you build a better life, without using too much magic.

  • Your willpower works like a muscle – if you exercise it too much, it gets worn out.
  • Willpower begets willpower, so you can train it by using it.
  • Set compatible and clear goals, but leave leeway for your willpower.

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“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” — Daniel Pink

Drive  explores what has motivated humans throughout history and explains how we shifted from mere survival to the carrot and stick approach that’s still practiced today – and why it’s outdated.

This New York Times bestseller surprises readers with a new view in regards to motivation. An easy read, that gets straight to the point and allows the readers to aim not only for self but also for business improvement. Times change and things evolve, and so do we – so how do we reach that point of true motivation? This unique book will provide you with clever and simple techniques that will take you far.

  • The carrot and stick approach is dead.
  • Extrinsic motivation destroys intrinsic motivation.
  • Strive for the flow state in everything you do.

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“You can increase your pleasure if you’re willing to do things that don’t feel good at first.” — Loretta Breuning

Habits Of A Happy Brain  explains the four neurotransmitters in your brain that create happiness, why you can’t be happy all the time, and how you can rewire your brain by taking responsibility for your own hormones and thus, happiness.

Is it revolutionary if I tell you that this book will help you boost your happiness in just… 45 days? Our brain makes use of four neurotransmitters in order to create happiness and these happy chemicals can be released with just a few activities, presented in this book. This pleasant read will help you retrain your brain in order to live a more fulfilled life.

  • Unhappy chemicals are just as important as happy ones.
  • Nothing will make you happy forever.
  • To live means to choose constantly, so it’s important that you do.

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“Chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort.” — Kelly McGonigal

The Willpower Instinct  breaks down willpower into 3 categories, and gives you science-backed systems to improve your self-control, break bad habits and choose long-term goals over instant gratification.

Written by a health psychologist, this book concentrated on self-control and how we can use it to the fullest in order to improve our lives. Based on recent research and making use of precious insights from psychology, neuroscience, and not only, this book concentrates on breaking down willpower and giving an answer to all the questions surrounding it: what, why, and how.

  • Willpower comes in 3 different shapes and sizes.
  • Your willpower instinct can also be called the pause-and-plan-response.
  • Don’t let past good behavior be an excuse for present bad behavior.

So far, we’ve summarized more than 1,000 books. As depicted above, quite a few are about habits and how they affect our lives. We believe that these are the best books about habits that you can read this year.

We all have this desire for a better life, but our busy schedules and the way we think might sometimes get in the way of that. Learning how to deal with self-control, understanding our spending habits, and starting with the simple things are just a few of the numerous tips these books have for us. Figuring out which ones work for you will definitely lead you on the path to a better and calmer life.

Habits define us. But we can also define them. What’s your habit… or book of choice today?

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You found our list of top habits books .

Habits books are self-help guides that show readers how to instill healthy and productive behaviors. These works cover topics such as beating procrastination, forming routines, and maximizing time. The purpose of these guides is to help readers become more consistently productive.

These works are similar to books on focus , career books , training books , and CEO books .

This article includes:

  • healthy habit books
  • habit development books
  • habit changing books

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List of habits books

Here is a list of new and bestselling books on habits to increase productivity, reduce stress, and master the art of balance.

1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

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Atomic Habits is one of the best habit changing books. The book insists that faulty systems are often to blame for a failure to break bad habits and make good habits. The guide explains that the surest way to change behavior for the better is to manipulate your environment to make bad habits hard and good habits frictionless. Another key to long term behavior change is to introduce new habits slowly and in small increments, and to allow tiny actions to add up to progress over time instead of setting too-large and unachievable goals when starting out. James Clear applies simplified principles of neuroscience and psychology to his system and lays out clear strategies for reprogramming routines. Atomic Habits is the ultimate playbook for making lasting change.

Notable Quote: “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”

Read Atomic Habits .

2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

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The Power of Habit applies a scientific lens to the concept of habit. Relying on research and case studies, NY Times reporter Charles Duhigg breaks down the purpose of habits as well as best practices for changing behavioral patterns. The book consists of three parts and analyzes the habits of individuals, successful organizations, and societies. As the title suggests, the book shows the ways that habit can have a powerful impact on action, and outlines the conditions that influence the formation of these routines. While most habit books lay out step-by-step instructions for changing personal behavior, The Power of Habit takes a more nuanced approach. Instead of giving direct advice, the book shares observations and analysis that help readers gain a better understanding of habit to use as a foundation for change.

Notable Quote: “The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”

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3. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by PhD BJ Fogg

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Tiny Habits is an instruction manual for making big changes in small steps. Stanford habit expert BJ Fogg draws on two decades of research and coaching to share proven methods for making lasting change. Fogg presents a system that tackles behavior shifts in increments. Tiny habits involve less risk and allow practitioners to ease into new lifestyles, however these small adjustments can add up over time and turn into big results. Tiny Habits simplifies the science behind behavior into easy-to-understand equations and figures, and offers exercises that help readers act on and practice the theories.

Notable Quote: “In order to design successful habits and change your behaviors, you should do three things. Stop judging yourself. Take your aspirations and break them down into tiny behaviors. Embrace mistakes as discoveries and use them to move forward.”

Read Tiny Habits .

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most popular books on habits. Stephen R Covey identifies patterns of behavior that differentiate high achievers from the general population. These successful individuals make habits of seven similar behaviors, such as proactivity and goal-setting. The chapters explore each of the seven habits in depth with examples and tips about incorporating these behaviors into your own life. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a reflection not only on how to form habits, but how to form habits most likely to result in success.

Notable Quote: “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

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5. How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman

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How to Change is a deep dive into transformation. The book explores the optimal conditions for change as well as the barriers that prevent people from making shifts. The author mines the results of real-world studies to suggest data-backed tactics for battling procrastination and laziness, rejecting conformity, and introducing healthier routines that help readers reach their goals. Along the way, Katy Milkman makes several references to the concept of habits, yet never strays too far from her wider focus of behavioral change. The book demystifies the idea of change by measuring the process and pointing out patterns. How to Change is a self-help guide that backs its motivation mantras and transformative promises up with hard evidence.

Notable Quote: “We’re more likely to pursue change on dates that feel like new beginnings because these moments help us overcome a common obstacle to goal initiation: the sense that we’ve failed before and will, thus, fail again.”

Read How to Change .

6. Elastic Habits: How to Create Smarter Habits That Adapt to Your Day by Stephen Guise

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Elastic Habits is one of the most interesting habit development books. The guiding philosophy in this book is that flexible habits that allow for some leeway tend to be more successful than rigid rules. Many folks adopt all-or-nothing approaches, and when these strict schedules prove impossible or impossible in real life, practitioners tend to abandon goals altogether instead of amending the plan to suit the situation. Elastic habits allow folks to adapt to circumstances– for example, cutting workouts down from forty-five minutes to fifteen minutes on a time crunch day instead of skipping the exercise or forcing the workout and adding to the day’s exhaustion. Stephen Guise explains that following strict rules takes extra energy that could be put to better use. The book explains the difference between static and elastic habits and lays out ways that readers can set more bendable goals that better fit the demands of life.

Notable Quote: “Elasticity is not only about increasing flexibility; it’s about increasing resilience to pressure.”

Read Elastic Habits .

7. Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood

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Good Habits, Bad Habits looks into the deeper psychology behind behavior change. The book analyzes anecdotes and provides scientific explanations as to why these attempts were successful or unsuccessful. The book breaks down habit formation into basic elements of context, repetition, and shows how behavior change is dependent on a combination of careful design and resilience. By explaining the science behind self-improvement, Good Habits, Bad Habits fills in the gaps other habit books leave between adopting a positive mindset and and achieving results. Though Wendy Wood peppers the prose with research and scientific principles, the writing remains entertaining and the tone never gets too dry.

Notable Quote: “Self-control is simple when you understand that it involves putting yourself in the right situations to develop the right habits.”

Read Good Habits, Bad Habits .

8. Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

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Better Than Before is one of the most useful healthy habit books. Gretchen Rubin is a thought leader who writes extensively about happiness and fulfillment. In this book, she explores how healthier habits can lead to greater contentment.  As the title suggests, the book explores ways to make positive lifestyle changes. The book opens by advocating for self awareness, and explaining that before you change yourself, you must know yourself. Rubin goes on to break down basics of the habit-forming process such as monitoring, scheduling, rewarding progress, and avoiding temptation. Better Than Before is a nonjudgmental, step by step guide to becoming an updated version of yourself.

Notable Quote: “The desire to start something at the “right” time is usually just a justification for delay. In almost every case, the best time to start is now.”

Read Better Than Before .

9. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard

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High Performance Habits is a study of sustained success. Brendon Burchard sets out to solve the mystery of what sparks ambition, how some teams achieve faster and more-lasting results, and why some folks are happier than others in striving for success. According to the author, six habits make up the blueprint to high achievement and satisfaction:

  • Seek clarity
  • Generate energy
  • Raise necessity
  • Increase productivity
  • Develop influence
  • Demonstrate courage

Chapters explore each habit in depth, provide illustrations of leaders who exhibit these qualities, and advise readers on how to develop these traits. The book also outlines pitfalls to avoid, and shows how to maintain these attitudes and actions longterm.

Notable Quote: “Be more intentional about who you want to become. Have vision beyond your current circumstances. Imagine your best future self, and start acting like that person today.”

Read High Performance Habits .

Final Thoughts

Change is hard, behavior change especially. Many folks try and fail to change their habits, in part because they do not fully understand the science behind these behavioral patterns. Books on habit can help readers get to the root of past failures, develop self-discipline, and learn strategies to resist temptation and introduce healthier habits into their everyday lives.

For more advice, check out this list of organizational behavior books .

FAQ: Habits books

Here are answers to common questions about books on habits.

What are habit books?

Habit books are nonfiction works that teach readers how to build healthier and more productive routines. These books often explore the psychology and neuroscience behind ingrained tendencies and lay out strategies and steps for behavior change.

What are the best habit books? 

The best habit books include Atomic Habits by James Clear, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey.

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“ Learning how to break habits is a very important meta-skill that can serve you better in life than almost anything else.” – Naval Ravikant , CEO and Founder of AngelList ( source )

What happened with all the goals and promises you made at the beginning of the year? Are you still keeping up with them? Probably not. And it’s not even February yet!

We don’t need any studies to tell us what we already know: most of those things on our New Year’s Resolution list get lost at some point along the way.

Perhaps our targets weren’t realistic from the beginning. Perhaps we made an exception, telling ourselves that it’s “just this one time”, but never managed to get back on track afterwards. Perhaps we didn’t clearly define those new goals, steps we need to make, or how we’re gonna measure our progress. Or we forgot to take into consideration some things that aren’t under our control – as life always loves to mess up with our plans.

What’s even worst is that every time we fall off the wagon, we lose confidence in ourselves. We’re feeling guilty and start labeling ourselves in a negative way. “I can’t do this”. “I can’t quit smoking”. “I’m not an early bird”. “I’m a loser “. And the next time we try to make (or break) another habit, it will be even harder to do it.

I’m not just talking about habits where you’re painfully self-aware of the consequences and you can see results quickly, such as quitting smoking or practicing sports. Those are extremely important, obviously. But there are habits that don’t have a direct, fast and visible effect. They won’t cause permanent damage or ruin your life if they don’t happen, friends and family members won’t stop talking to you, you won’t get sick or die faster. However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll live a fulfilled life.

Here’s a habit that sets high performers apart: they’re all avid readers. Charlie Munger , self-made billionaire and Warren Buffett ‘s right hand, was saying: “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.”

And, most importantly, they’re reading books with a purpose, so not just for leisure or general education. They avoid shallow articles, wasting time on social media, or summaries of books. They read books because they want to learn new knowledge and master new skills that can help them advance in their career and become indispensable!

They’re aware that the habit of reading is key to advance in their profession, and is becoming increasingly important. The biggest challenges we’ll face will be brought by new technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Millions of jobs are at high risk of being displaced or becoming obsolete, as the way work gets done is changing. Job stability is a long gone dream.

Making and breaking habits, together with learning how to learn will be vital skills. Master these, and you become unstoppable!

If we really want to learn how to make and break a habit, there’s a handful of books that can help us. They can teach us how we form habits, how our brain works, why we don’t always do the “right” thing to break a bad habit, and how to defend ourselves against our own nature.

Give yourself these as a gift at the beginning of this year. They’ll be the best investment you can make in your personal growth. And thank us later.

The essential list of books on making and breaking habits:

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1. Atomic Habits , by James Clear

James Clear ‘s book is the best manual on how to implement tiny habits that will have an exponential impact on your life. What we love most about his writing style is that it’s extremely down-to-earth and easy to apply. Here’s the Atomic Habits book summary . Here’s what media strategist and one of our favorite authors Ryan Holiday says about it:

“An atomic habit is a tiny habit or change that can have an enormous impact on your life. Getting up a little earlier, deleting social media from your phone, automating your savings, developing a system, these are atomic habits. Me personally, I don’t feel like I am particularly talented or even that disciplined, but I have a number of atomic habits that I started early on that have had a massive compounding benefit. My blurb of this one: “A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life.”

Also recommended by: author Mark Manson , Noah Kagan (founder of Sumo), Cal Newport and more .

The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg

2. The Power of Habit , by Charles Duhigg

This one’s a more technical book, sprinkled with lots of psychology, that can help you understand how our brains are wired. A fascinating read on how we learn to automate some processes, identifying the cues and rewards that we get before and after a habit is activated, and fascinating examples of habits that shifted the lives of successful people and companies.

“ It was tremendously eye-opening to realize that our daily lives consist of habits (whether positive, or negative). After reading this book, I began thinking of most of my professional (and partially personal) life as a series of habits that I’ve built over years. Given that your career will likely span hundreds of years, creating and reinforcing positive habits will make a drastic difference over time (much like the principle of ‘compounding’ in finance). This book kick-started a different thinking process for me, centered around optimization of the time I have in a day. ” ( Sergey Sapelnyk , Co-Founder of Society Socks)

Charles Duhigg ‘s book is also recommended by: Joel Gascoigne (co-founder of Buffer), Naval Ravikant (CEO of AngelList), and 11 other entrepreneurs .

High Performance Habits How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard

3. High Performance Habits , by Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard draws from his experience and research – after a decade as the world’s higest performance coach, he put together six habits that made high performers succeed over the long term: seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.

Here’s why Bogdan Lucaciu , CTO of Adore Me, recommends his book:

“ This book does a good job at setting a vision for long-term, consistent high performance in all areas of life. ”

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4. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products , by Nir Eyal

If you’re an entrepreneur, marketer or product manager, and you want to learn how to create products that become addictive, Nir Eyal ‘s book is a must-read. Erik Cheon g, co-founder of Singapore-based startup Park n Parcel, said this about it:

“ Another must read for founders who care about driving customer engagement. This book showed me the case study of how Facebook, YouTube & Uber turn technologies into compulsions if not fully-fledged addictions. It provided me the step by step on how I can position my product into a “painkiller” that solves real problems, instead of a “vitamin” that appeals to users’ emotional rather than functional needs. ”

Also recommended by: Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress), food waste fighter Leah Lizarondo (co-founder of 412 Food Rescue) and 11 other entrepreneurs .

Tools of Titans The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers - Tim Ferriss

5. Tools of Titans , by Tim Ferriss

For many years, Tim Ferriss interviewed people who are considered among the best in the world at what they do. He took the best lessons from those people and put them together in this book/manual, that came out in December 2016. “ Tools of Titans ” is divided into three parts: health, wealth and wisdom.

Here’s why Tony Robbins recommends it:

“ What I loved about Tools of Titans is that it distills key tactics, routines and habits of the ultra-successful in actionable ways that anyone can take advantage of. ”

Also recommended by: entrepreneur and investor James Altucher , Marvin Liao (partner at 500 Startups), Irina Botnari (Managing Partner at Bucur’s Shelter Hostel), and 10 other entrepreneurs .

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Stephen R. Covey

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , by Stephen R. Covey

This one’s a classic and, so far, the most recommended habits book on our website. James Murphy , Marketing Manager at Live Nation, talked in our interview about how it helped him:

“ Habit 2 of Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” states “Begin with the end in mind.” This helped me immensely and immediately on a macro level in terms of motivating me to clarify exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing in 10-20-30 years. However, it also helped me on a micro level when starting a new project or venture. Starting anything, be it a hobby, business, sport, etc. can be daunting and I believe we often hide by getting caught up in minutiae which takes our eyes off the big “scary” goal (ex. what font should I use on the website?, what putter should I buy?, what programming language should I learn first?). By beginning with the end in mind, I force myself to clearly spell out what success looks like for a particular undertaking and anything trivial that disrupts me from arriving at said goal is tabled. ”

Also recommended by: web developer and entrepreneur Mike Benkovich , Faisal Amin (co-founder of Fruitbowl Digital marketing agency), product, growth and design architect Daylon Soh and 21 other successful people .

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7. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work , by Mason Currey

Mason Currey’s book will show you the daily habits of 161 of the most inspired and inspiring minds in the world, from novelists to poets, musicians, painters, philosophers and scientists. This book’s great to demolish the myth that artists don’t have a routine and they’re just waiting for inspiration to strike them. As David Brooks was saying: “Creative people think live artists, but they work like accountants.”

This book is recommended by Scott Keyes , founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights:

“ Reading Daily Rituals dramatically improved my productivity and work-life balance. It showed me that most great historical figures weren’t workaholics, but instead worked hard (mostly in the morning) and then had plenty of unscripted time in the afternoon to ruminate, digest, and brainstorm. It’s a model I’ve tried to emulate, waking up early in the morning, churning out a bunch of work before lunchtime, and then taking it relatively easy thereafter. ”

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📚 Best Habit Books of 2023: Transform Your Life with These Must-Read Books

Discover the transformative power of habit books.

In today’s fast-paced world, our daily routine shapes our success and productivity. With countless daily demands, it’s vital to establish strong, healthy habits that help us stay organized and efficient.

⭐ Pro-Tip from The Assist : When reading habit books, take notes on actionable tips and create a personalized habit implementation plan to ensure practical application and lasting change for new habits.

That’s where habit books come in, offering valuable insights and actionable advice on cultivating positive routines and breaking negative patterns. From overcoming procrastination to mastering time management , these self-help guides empower personal and professional growth . Dive into the world of habit books, consider your goals , and find the perfect companion for your journey of self-improvement.

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10 Best Habit Books

Embark on a journey to transform your life with our curated list of the top habit-forming books. Discover the secrets and tools to create better habits and embrace lasting change at your fingertips.

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg delves into the science behind why we develop habits and how they shape our lives, both personally and professionally. Through captivating stories and compelling research, Duhigg uncovers the key to transforming old routines and establishing new ones, unlocking the potential for success and growth. Discover the profound impact of building habits and learn actionable strategies to harness their power and drive positive change in every aspect of life.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: By establishing a clear understanding of the habit loop, this book allows you to analyze your routines and decisions to make more informed choices. The engaging narrative not only entertains but also provides practical, real-world connections that shed light on building healthier habits and breaking the bad ones.

⭐ Key Takeaways:

  • Cue-Routine-Reward loop.
  • Keystone habits drive change.
  • Habits can be reshaped.
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

In Atomic Habits by James Clear, discover an effortless and proven approach to cultivating positive habits while breaking free from negative ones. With practical strategies grounded in psychology, this empowering book provides a clear roadmap to transform your daily routines and achieve lasting personal growth. Unleash the potential of small changes to create significant and impactful habits in every aspect of your life.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: What sets this bestseller, Atomic Habits, apart from other habit books is that it is rooted in scientific research, making it not only captivating but also truly effective. Reading this book will challenge you to reflect on your existing habits, both good and bad, and provide the tools necessary to build new habits that will help you change your life.

  • Focus on small changes.
  • Harness the power of habits.
  • Embrace the process of continuous improvement.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a timeless classic that offers a transformative blueprint for personal and professional success . Through profound insights and practical principles, Covey outlines seven habits that empower individuals to take charge of their lives, foster positive relationships, and achieve long-term growth and fulfillment. Determine the power of proactive thinking, synergy, and continuous improvement as you embark on a journey toward becoming a highly effective person .

❤️ Why we love this habit book: This classic habit book enlightens you with powerful principles for personal and professional growth. By focusing on simple, relatable, and attainable principles, Covey sets the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life.

  • Be proactive and take initiative.
  • Prioritize important tasks first.
  • Seek win-win solutions in relationships.

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  • The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit

The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit

The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins introduces a game-changing practice to regain control of your life with simple yet powerful habits. By incorporating the High 5 method, readers can rewire their brains to focus on positivity and self-affirmation for behavior change, ultimately transforming their mindset and achieving personal mastery. Embrace this life-changing habit and witness the profound impact it can have on your overall well-being and success.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: Mel Robbin’s delivery feels like a friendly conversation, imparting motivation without sugarcoating the challenges and addictions that come with growth. Her attention to detail in explaining various techniques, such as the RAS process, helps you make powerful, intentional decisions each day.

  • Practice daily High 5's for self-affirmation.
  • Rewire your brain for positivity.
  • Regain self-control and achieve personal mastery.
  • The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a life-changing book that reveals a powerful morning routine to kickstart personal transformation and success. Elrod's innovative approach, based on six key practices, promises to revolutionize your mornings and elevate your life before 8 a.m. Embrace the habit of self-improvement through meditation, exercise, visualization, and self-control, and witness the profound impact on your productivity, happiness, and overall well-being.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: The Miracle Morning is based on the six essential daily habits, also known as "Life S.A.V.E.R.S": Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. Addressing both mental and physical well-being, these habits aim to improve focus, productivity, and overall happiness. The book contains practical strategies to maintain these habits and make them an enjoyable part of your daily routine.

  • Create a transformative morning routine.
  • Incorporate key practices: exercise, meditation, visualization, reading, writing, and affirmations.
  • Elevate productivity and well-being before 8 a.m.
  • Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

In Tiny Habits , BJ Fogg PhD presents a revolutionary approach to building powerful habits through small, sustainable changes. By embracing the simplicity of tiny habits, readers can transform their lives, achieving significant results without overwhelming effort. Fogg's evidence-based techniques and behavioral insights empower individuals to create lasting change and unleash the potential of mini habits that lead to big transformations.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: This book emphasizes the importance of feelings of success and satisfaction in habit formation to fuel motivation and consistent improvement. You'll discover that even the tiniest adjustments in your daily routine can lead to substantial positive changes in your life.

  • Embrace tiny habits for lasting change.
  • Use the power of behavior design.
  • Celebrate and anchor positive changes.
  • Badass Habits: Cultivate the Confidence, Boundaries, and Know-How to Upgrade Your Life

Badass Habits: Cultivate the Confidence, Boundaries, and Know-How to Upgrade Your Life

In Badass Habits , Jen Sincero empowers readers to cultivate a life-changing mindset and upgrade their lives through success habits. With a focus on building confidence, setting boundaries, and acquiring essential know-how, Sincero's no-nonsense approach leads individuals on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Unleash your inner badass by adopting these empowering habits and embracing the full potential of personal growth and success.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: This is a must-read for anyone seeking to transform their life with confidence and boundary-setting. With Sincero's empowering guidance, readers will get a step-by-step guide on how to upgrade their lives and unleash their inner badass for lasting personal growth.

  • Cultivate confidence and self-belief.
  • Set boundaries to create a fulfilling life.
  • Acquire essential know-how for personal growth.
  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza offers a groundbreaking exploration of how to break free from self-limiting patterns and transform your life. Through the fusion of neuroscience, quantum physics, and spirituality, Dispenza reveals the power of thought and intention to create lasting change, enabling readers to harness their mind's potential for personal growth and fulfillment. Embrace this transformative journey and learn to rewire your brain, step into a new reality, and unlock the extraordinary possibilities that lie within.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: This book dives into the science of neuroplasticity and habit formation. Throughout this book, you’ll gain valuable insights into the power of your mind and how to alter your thinking habits for the better.

  • Break free from self-limiting patterns.
  • Harness the power of thoughts and intentions.
  • Rewire your brain for personal transformation.
  • Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness

In Habit Stacking , S.J. Scott presents an ingenious method to make positive changes effortlessly by stacking small habits that lead to significant improvements in health, wealth, and happiness. By combining simple actions into powerful daily routines, readers can build momentum and cultivate a life of productivity and well-being. With 127 actionable habit stacks, this self-help book offers a practical roadmap to unleash your potential and achieve lasting personal growth.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: It is very simple, this book explains the power of small changes for a happier and healthier life. Scott explores 127 different habits that can be implemented to lead a healthier, wealthier, and happier life covering various domains, from productivity and health to relationships and finances.

  • Stack small habits for big results.
  • Build productive routines effortlessly.
  • 127 actionable habit combinations for growth.
  • The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges: 60 Habit-Forming Programs to Live an Infinitely Better Life

The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges: 60 Habit-Forming Programs to Live an Infinitely Better Life

The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges by Rosanna Casper is a comprehensive guide that offers a diverse range of transformative challenges to kickstart personal growth and development. With a collection of 60 creative and inspiring challenges, readers can embark on a journey of self-discovery and cultivate positive habits within a month. Whether you seek to enhance productivity, creativity, or well-being, this book provides the perfect roadmap to unleash your potential and create lasting change.

❤️ Why we love this habit book: This book provides short challenges that are engaging and easily digestible. With a variety of categories, including exercise, food, and mental health, you'll undoubtedly find something worth trying.

  • 60 diverse transformative challenges.
  • Kickstart personal growth in 30 days.
  • Cultivate positive habits and “yes” mindset.

Buying Guide


When searching for the best habit book to improve your lifestyle and achieve your goals , there are several factors to consider. This buying guide will outline the top five aspects you should evaluate when choosing the best habit book for your needs.

1. Purpose and Target Audience 📌

Consider the primary purpose of the book and its intended audience. Are you looking for a book focused on personal development, career growth, or maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Ensure the book directly addresses your goals and is appropriate for your stage in life.

2. Author’s Expertise 🧠

It’s essential to choose a book written by an author with a strong background in habit formation and psychology. Look for successful people with relevant qualifications, experience, or a proven track record in helping people create and maintain high-performance habits.

3. Practicality and Applicability ✅

A good habit book should offer practical advice and actionable steps for implementing the ideas presented. Make sure the book provides feasible solutions and relatable examples that you can apply to your daily routine.

4. Clarity and Brevity 🔎

A quality habit book should be well-organized, clear, and concise. It should present complex concepts in a straightforward manner, making it easier for you to understand and implement the suggested habits. Avoid books that are too technical, verbose, or difficult to digest.

5. Reviews and Recommendations 🗣️

Finally, pay attention to the reviews and recommendations from readers who benefited from the book. Look for consistent patterns in feedback: Did the book deliver on its promises? Were readers able to implement the habits successfully? Were there any common criticisms? This information can give you valuable insight into a book’s effectiveness and relevance to your situation.

Remember, the best habit book for you will depend on your personal goals, preferences, and learning style. Keep these factors in mind as you search for a book that will help you create better habits and transform your life.

Final Thoughts on Habit Books

Embarking on the journey to improve habits can be challenging, but there are numerous habit books available to guide and simplify the process.

To maximize success, a combination of books can be beneficial, some focusing on the science behind habit formation, while others provide real-life examples and step-by-step plans. Change takes time, but by immersing oneself in these resources, individuals can gain knowledge and strategies to sustain better habit improvements and commit to personal growth.

Exploring these top habit books with an open mind and flexibility will offer unique perspectives tailored to individual needs and preferences, leading to a transformative journey of self-improvement .

People Also Ask These Questions about Habit Books


Q: Why is it important to read books on habit formation?

  • A: Reading books on habit formation is essential, as it provides you with valuable insights into how habits work and their significance in your life. These books offer expert advice and techniques on how to replace unhealthy habits with positive ones. In turn, this helps you become a more productive, efficient, and happier person. By understanding the mechanics of habit formation, you will be better equipped to shape your behavior patterns for success.

Q: How do habit books help individuals in creating and maintaining positive habits?

  • A: Habit books focus on evidence-based strategies for forming and maintaining good habits, providing you with actionable methods to implement in your life. They offer practical steps to recognize negative habits, replace them with positive ones, and maintain consistency by employing techniques such as habit stacking, triggers, and rewards. By following the advice of New York Times bestselling habit experts, you can create a sustainable practice to improve various aspects of your life, including health, productivity, and career growth .

Q: How do habit books contribute to personal development?

  • A: Habit books serve as catalysts for personal development. They emphasize the crucial role habits play in shaping an individual’s identity, motivation and drive to achieve their goals . Through practical examples, case studies, and scientific research, these books highlight the importance of fostering self-discipline, mindfulness, and a growth mindset in order to optimize your potential. As you invest time in reading and applying the wisdom from these books, you will experience tangible progress in your personal growth journey, whether that be this year or a new year.

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