Gretchen Rubin THE FOUR TENDENCIES Two Roads BooksThe groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before reveals one simple question – How do I respond to expectations? – that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life.


The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

‘I love Gretchen Rubin – she helps me understand both myself and the people around me’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, ‘Obliger’ and bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

‘Gretchen Rubin is one of the most erudite authors of her generation’ Susan Cain, author of Quiet

‘If you want to change anything in your life, you need Gretchen Rubin’ Viv Groskop, ‘Rebel’


During her investigation to understand human nature, Gretchen Rubin realised that by asking the seemingly dry question ‘How do I respond to expectations?’ we gain explosive self-knowledge.

She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into four Tendencies: UpholdersQuestionersObligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behaviour, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.

More than 800,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change.

The Four Tendencies hold practical answers if you’ve ever thought…

  • People can rely on me, but I can’t rely on myself
  • How can I help someone to follow good advice?
  • People say I ask too many questions
  • How do I work with someone who refuses to do what I ask – or who keeps telling me what to do?

With sharp insight, compelling research, and hilarious examples, The Four Tendencies will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.


Gretchen Rubin copyright The Girls’ LoungeGretchen Rubin is one of the most influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature.

She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has an award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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Gretchen Rubin BETTER THAN BEFORE paperback Two Roads BooksBetter Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits — to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier (click here)

Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life.

Most of us have a habit we’d like to change, and there’s no shortage of  expert advice. But as we all know from tough experience, no magic,  one-size-fits-all solution for everything from weight loss to personal organisation exists.

In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin answers the most perplexing questions about habits with her signature mix of rigorous research and engaging storytelling (and a personality quiz):

– Why do we find it tough to create a habit for something we love to do?
– How can we keep our healthy habits when we’re surrounded by temptations?
– How can we help someone else change a habit?

Rubin reveals the true secret to habit change: first, we must know ourselves. When we shape our habits to suit ourselves, we can find success- even if we’ve failed before.

Whether you want to eat more healthfully, stop checking devices, or finish a project, the invaluable ideas in Better Than Before will start you working on your own habits – even before you’ve finished the book.


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