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Best Books on Habits

Transform your life one habit at a time with this collection of the most recommended books on habits. These titles have been frequently featured as game-changers in leading lifestyle and psychology outlets.

Recommendations from 39 articles, Bill Gates, Diddy, Maria Sharapova and 119 others.
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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Charles Duhigg - 2012-02-28
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Discover the fascinating science behind our habits and how they can be changed in this bestselling book. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg takes us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the civil rights movement, presenting a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit provides an exhilarating argument: understanding how habits work is the key to achieving success in life, business, and beyond. With captivating storytelling and practical advice, this book has been hailed by critics as essential reading.
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Atomic Habits
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
James Clear - 2018-10-16
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Discover a proven framework for improving every day with Atomic Habits. Written by one of the world’s foremost experts in habit formation, James Clear, this instant New York Times bestseller offers practical strategies on how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. Drawing on biology, psychology, and neuroscience, Clear distills complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Whether you want to overcome a lack of motivation, design your environment for success, or simply achieve your goals, Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and give you the tools you need to transform your habits.
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Tiny Habits
The Small Changes That Change Everything
BJ Fogg - 2020-01-01 (first published in 2019)
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"Tiny Habits" by BJ Fogg is a practical and effective guide to habit formation. Through his coaching experience with over 40,000 people, Fogg shares how starting small can lead to big changes. Instead of overwhelming daily routines, he advocates for simple and achievable habits such as taking one yoga breath or turning off your phone before bedtime. This behavior formula of making habits easy, fitting them into your life, and rewarding yourself will help you achieve any goal you desire. Start your journey to a happier and healthier life with "Tiny Habits".
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High Performance Habits
How Extraordinary People Become That Way
Brendon Burchard - 2017-09-19
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Discover the six habits that can make you extraordinary in all areas of your life with this science-backed, heart-centered guide. After extensive research and working as the world's highest-paid performance coach, the author reveals the most effective habits for long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, this book provides real-world practices and exercises to help you achieve success and vibrant well-being. With powerful vignettes and cutting-edge science, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage.
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Jim Kwik
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey - 2004-11-09 (first published in 1988)
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Discover the life-changing model that became an instant sensation when released. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is an education in living life effectively and achieving success. Learn how to implement Covey's model and understand the hidden implications in this complete and comprehensive guide. Don't miss out on the simple things you can do to navigate your life correctly and become highly effective in all areas of your life.
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Mini Habits
Smaller Habits, Bigger Results (Volume 1)
Stephen Guise - 2014-01-09 (first published in 2013)
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Discover the science-backed strategy for building lasting habits with Mini Habits. Learn why most personal growth strategies fall short and how to achieve success with very small positive behaviors that are "too small to fail." This weightless and deceptively powerful approach will equip you to change your life without guilt, intimidation, or repeated failure. Say goodbye to fighting against your brain and start achieving great things with mini habits.
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Better Than Before
What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
Gretchen Rubin - 2015-03-17
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This book explores the theme of how to change through habits. Habits are the architecture of everyday life, and once we can harness their energy and make them, they can build stronger, more productive lives. Better Than Before provides a practical, concrete framework for readers to understand their habits and change them for good. The book is infused with the author's compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and is packed with vivid stories of lives transformed. The author uses herself as a guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions. Reading even a few chapters of Better Than Before will motivate readers to start working on their own habits.
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Daily Rituals
How Artists Work
Mason Currey - 2013-04-23
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Explore the daily rituals of 161 inspiring minds, including novelists, poets, painters, and scientists. Discover their subtle maneuvers and self-imposed obstacles that help them tackle the work they love, whether it's waking early, staying up late, or self-medicating with doughnuts. You'll learn about the bizarre creative conditions of Thomas Wolfe, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Descartes, as well as the strict writing schedules of Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens. Full of detail and anecdote, Daily Rituals is a must-read for anyone looking to unlock their own creative potential.
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Lena DunhamDaniel Pink
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Habit Stacking
127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Most are Five Minutes or Less)
S. J. Scott - 2017-04-17
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Get ready to improve your life with small, daily actions that create a positive impact. Discover the power of "Habit Stacking," a strategy that helps you build a series of small changes into your daily routine to achieve your goals. With a list of 127 specific actions and instructions for building habits around important areas of your life, this book helps you overcome common challenges and turn positive habits into success. Plus, with access to a free companion website filled with bonus downloads, checklists, and videos, you'll have all the tools you need to start habit stacking today. Click the "Buy Now" button and start building powerful routines into your day.
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The Miracle Morning
The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Hal Elrod - 2012-12-07
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Transform your life in just six minutes a day with The Miracle Morning. This book reveals a "not-so-obvious" secret that can guarantee positive changes in all areas of your life. With thousands of practitioners worldwide, this simple approach can create the extraordinary life you've always wanted. Don't wait any longer, wake up to your full potential today.
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MJ DeMarco
Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
Elastic Habits by Stephen Guise
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
Hooked by Nir Eyal
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
Limitless by Jim Kwik
Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
Making Habits, Breaking Habits by Jeremy Dean
The Achievement Habit by Bernard Roth
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Rewire by Richard O'Connor
Switch by Chip Heath
Taking the Leap by Pema Chodron
Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy
The Habit Blueprint by Patrik Edblad
Manage Your Day-to-Day by 99u
The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal
Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey
The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer
How to Stop Procrastinating by Steve Scott
Principles by Ray Dalio
Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki
Make Time by Jake Knapp
How to Change by Katy Milkman
Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport