Big Announcement: the “Better” App Is Now Free to Use!

My obsession with my Four Tendencies framework is just as strong as ever.

Ever since I first came up with the Four Tendencies framework, I’ve grown more and more interested in it — and more and more people keep asking me questions about it. (Don’t know about the framework? Don’t know if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Take the quiz here.)

People want information about the Four Tendencies, and they also want help — they email because they’re eager to join an accountability group, they want to work with a coach who understands the Tendencies, they want to apply the framework with their medical patients or as a manager at work or with their coaching clients. And I hear from a lot of parents who want to use the Tendencies (especially parents of Rebels).

I’m finishing up my book The Four Tendencies (sign up here to hear when it goes on sale in fall 2017), but I also wanted a way for people to exchange ideas and questions. I’ve been staggered by people’s brilliant insights, imaginative solutions, and compelling examples. Henry James couldn’t do better.

So I created the app Better, an app to help you harness the Four Tendencies framework to create a better life. You can use it as an app on your phone, or you can use it on your desktop.

Since launch, there has been so much fascinating, helpful discussion on the Better app. It’s exciting to see how everyone puts the Four Tendencies into action – at home, at work, in health, and in life.

I can hardly drag myself away from reading the comments and posts.

When it launched, there was a $9.99 monthly charge for the app, but as publication of The Four Tendencies drew nearer, I started to think about how the app experience would be better and better (sorry, couldn’t resist that) as more people contributed.

And I knew that for some people, a fee is a barrier.

So I decided to make the Better app free for anyone who wants to join. The more, the better, for all of us.

If you know people who would be interested, or who would benefit from the discussions here, or want to start or join Accountability Groups, please let them know they now can join for free.

I hope this change makes your life a little better!

  • Marie Raymond

    Thank you, Gretchen. That is so generous of you. Would you be able to add the Better App to the Amazon appstore? That way, more Android devices could easily download your Better app without sideloading. Or at least submit it to APKMirror, a site that many people that can’t access the Google store use (But no guarantee they will post it, so Amazon a better bet). Twenty percent of the world lives in China, and they don’t have access to the Google store. Speaking of which…across the Straits in Taiwan, I saw today that Traditional Chinese translations of BETTER THAN BEFORE have hit the shelves in Taiwan bookshelves. Congratulations!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! This is on the (very long) to-do list, so hope to do it soon. Thanks so much for your interest and suggestions.

      • Marie Raymond

        https://developer.amazon.com/app-submission Thanks for checking into it. But you might consider making it a higher priority. Why? Because a lot of people will buy your book on Amazon. You can also mention the BETTER app in the book description, I believe. If the APP is also available on Amazon, all the Kindle owners can get instant gratification right then and there. Kindle still is about 60-70% of the tablet market (the Better app works on tablets and phones, right?)

  • This is such great news! The fee was definitely a barrier to me and I am so excited to get to use the app now. I can’t wait for your next book to come out! Better than before has helped me cut back on sugar, TV and start meditating and a regular exercise practice. Basically life changing so thank you so much!

    • gretchenrubin

      That’s SO GREAT to hear! I’m thrilled to hear that my work has been so helpful. And I hope you love the app.

  • EPH

    Just joined! I’ve had some success in achieving my goals in some areas in my life but am really stuck with a big one. Looking for a job, I took a leave of absence after I got burned out as an over the top super achieving 150% obliger. And because I’d also been over the top dedicated to financial planning, I have a big enough nest egg that I don’t need to work right now in a financial sense, but I need to do it for general quality of life reasons. And I actually do like it most of the time. Plus, I don’t want to drain my savings/investments. I now see that I need some outside demands, and because I have a very nice family and some $ in the bank I don’t have any (yes, I know it is BONKERS to think of those things as drawbacks) Hoping this will help me give myself a jump start. Thanks all!

    • gretchenrubin

      Remember, as an Obliger, what you need is EXTERNAL ACCOUNTABILITY. From what you say, you won’t get that from your family, or from financial necessity, so find other ways to build that in. Work with a coach, form an Accountability Group (which you can do on the Better app). Or set a new financial goal, if that would give you a sense of accountability – college fund, rainy day fund, travel fund, renovation fund. Good luck!

  • Heidi McCarthy

    Thank you for the free Better app!!! I just downloaded it!!! 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you find it useful.

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  • Sidni Mordhorst

    Hi Gretchen, I love the cover of “The Four Tendencies”. I especially love how the four colors/circles intermingle. It makes me think of how we can and should work in harmony with one another.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thank you!