Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780358003328. $28. SELF-HELP
According to Fogg (founder and director, Stanford’s Behavior Design Lab), creating positive change isn’t as hard as people think. The author’s “tiny habits” method, steeped in decades of research and based on behavior design, asks participants to choose a behavior they wish to change and then apply small 30-second actions that will get them closer to attaining their goals. Accomplishing a tiny change, says Fogg, is positively reinforcing and establishes a mental climate that encourages continued growth. Throughout are a multitude of practical exercises and more than 300 recipes for tiny transformations categorized by various situations and challenges (e.g., work/life balance, destressing, healthy eating, and sleeping well).
VERDICT Fogg’s method has great potential to promote altered behavior in those who have sought help in other ventures with little success.
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