5 Best Book on Habits: Build Better Habits and Change Your Life

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Written by Yabesh Dutta

Habits are the simplest but most powerful capability we have. All the actions we perform without giving too much or any thought to it. They are the autopilot scripts our brain writes to save energy. It can refer to anything; from brushing your teeth to eating your breakfast. Therefore, these 5 book on habits will help you build better habits.

Why do you need books for it ? As simple as the word sounds. It’s much harder to have control over it— to be able to make good habits and kick out the bad ones. But it’s not impossible nor hopeless. There are hundreds of books out there, written by professionals and successful people across the globe. To make your book hunt easier, We’ve picked out 5 books on habits:

The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg

The power of habit book
The Power of Habit

It’s the first book about habits that got so popular and broke into the mainstream. It’s a wonderful book and gives you an overall knowledge about habits and it’s formation. The Philosophy, multiple stories instanced in it, the quality of information, makes it also really compelling. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks that understanding habits are not important, uninteresting, monotonous, boring, tedious, limiting, or insignificant. This is the best book ever published on earth to preach about habits. 

In this book, you will learn about:

  1. How do Habits work? (The Habit loop)

2. How to Create New Habits?

3. Which Habits Matter Most? (Keystone Habits)

4. How Leaders Create Habits Through Accident and Design?

5. When Companies Predict (and manipulate) Habits?

6. Are We Responsible for Our Habits? (Neurology of Free-will)

“Habits can be changed if we understand how they work”

-Charles Duhigg

This book will give you a perspective to look at your habits and change them. This book is not about how to break a bad habit but it deepens your knowledge about the habits and scientific terrain of behavioral science. After reading it you can convince anyone about the importance of habit and most importantly yourself. It’s a so-so book if you want to transform your life and have control over it.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Atomic Habits book

This book is one of the most practical and finest books ever. The complete idea is to make tiny changes and get remarkable results over time.

“Small habits make a big difference”

-Atomic Habits

If you get 1% better each day for one year, you will come out 37 times better in a year. It also provides you numerous practical and applicable ways to build good habits and break bad ones, called the four laws of behavior change. Each chapter and each page has something new to learn and apply in life. I also have one from the 3 million copies sold. Here are some major takeaways taken from my notes;

Lesson 1: Getting 1% better every day makes you achieve remarkable results.

Lesson 2: You don’t break bad habits, you replace them with good ones.

Lesson 3: If you declined, Get back on track as soon as possible.

Lesson 4: Forget about the goals, focus on your systems. Winners and losers possess the same goal.

Lesson 5: Change your identity. You are a writer, each time you write a page.

Lesson 6: Your motivation can depend on the environment around you.

Use the 4 laws of behavior change to wipe out bad habits and create good ones.

Success is not a once-in-a-lifetime transformation, but a result of daily small good habits. It’s a journey of continuous refining yourself. If you are looking for “the” book to read on habits, to transform your daily productivity. This is “the” book I would recommend.

If you want to read a detailed summary of the book and know the 4 laws of behavioral change, you can read 16 rules to creating a better habit.

Rewire by Richard O’Connor

The Rewire Book

Dr. Richard O’Connor explains how to destroy your bad habits by getting more disciplined and aware, why we get into additive and self-harming habits or behavior, and how our brains excuse it. The author has experience of over 20 years of working in the fields of mental illness, depression, and addiction; as a psychotherapist. He has struggled with depression twice, which gives him a strong perspective about the knowledge he shares in his book. Here are 3 lessons from his book;

1. This book explains how you have two selves, one conscious and another automatic. These two selves influence and have control over your actions. 

2.You can become self-destructive when you try to suppress your emotions. You should find a substitute instead. 

3. It is possible to destroy a bad habit by faking it and doing some mindfulness training.

This book helps you dig through your bad habits. It also helps you understand every unwanted habit is not bad and can have an upside too. This book is among the 5 book on habits best for someone who wants to know about addiction and breaking bad habits. Anyone who wants to rewire their brain and build better habits.

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R.Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly effective People

In his book, Stephen Covey proposes the seven habits of highly successful people, the seven primary laws that allow the greatest and successful people to accomplish their goals and be taken advantage of daily. Those who follow them live a joyous, well-balanced, and successful life.


Everything in the book has been put together well, making it an easy and pleasant read. The ideas are clear, and everything is explained profoundly and straightforwardly. The Exercises at the end help you to implement your learning. Compelling.


Bulky. The order of the contents can be improved. It repeats the same idea more than once. It requires reading more than once.

This is the book I want you to read before you die. It teaches you lessons that will transform you— both internally and externally. Each time you read it, you will find something new. It’s highly likely that you already have read it, but if you haven’t; read it or save it to buy/read someday later.

Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney

willpower book

This book is a mixture of useful and actionable tips and tricks with the latest scientific research and studies on self-control, illustrating how willpower works, how to enhance or optimize it, and which steps to take when you fail with it. The author has great knowledge and experience about the topic. He even has coined the term ego depletion, which many willpower researchers use today. He is like Michael Jordan of willpower.  Over the years, the knowledge he gained has complied in this book. Here are three key lessons from his book;

1. Willpower is like a muscle. If someone exercises it too much, it gets drained and worn out. You need to exercise along with the rest.

2. You can use your willpower to train it by using it, willpower prospers willpower. This book explains how. 

3. Set clear and simple goals. And more.

This is the best book on willpower and how it works, which also is aligned with habits. Baumeister calls habits the biggest human strength. And if you’re interested to learn about it you must consider reading this book.


So far I have read lots of books. I believe these to be the best books on habits of 2021. There are numerous other great books you can consider reading too. Just choose what’s best for you.

Everyone has a desire to have a better life, but most are usually busy, unproductive, enclosed by bad habits. They don’t have the self-control and discipline to do what they need to. Books are the safest and most effective solution. 

Our habits define us but we can also define them too. Which one is your book of choice?

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