Tiny Habits vs The Power of Habits

Two books about building better habits from two leading experts in habit building.


Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everythingis a New York Times bestselling book by the world’s leading expert on habit formation, BJ Fogg. The book shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small.

As the blurb outlines, “When it comes to change, tiny is mighty. Start with two pushups a day, not a two-hour workout; or five deep breaths each morning rather than an hour of meditation. In Tiny Habits, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice. 

Change can be easy — once it starts, it grows. Let B.J. Fogg show you exactly how.”


The Power of Habitby Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter for The New York Times. As the blurb outlines, “In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way, we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.”

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” — Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit


How are the two books similar?

As the book blurb suggests, “At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.”

It has been widely loved by readers and reviewers alike. As Goodreads reviewer Robert Chapman writes, “The book flows really well and uses research throughout to substantiate the concepts presented. The audience who can benefit from this book is vast, from individuals to corporates to governments.

Tiny Habits, on the other hand, discusses Fogg’s behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding. Whenever you get in your car, take one yoga breath. Smile. Whenever you get in bed, turn off your phone. Give yourself a high five.

The book is an incredibly valuable source of frameworks to build habits that last. As Goodreads reviewer Ariane Cap writes, “A powerful and lifechanging method. Once I got the hang of how this works I felt unstoppable. I have been doing the method for years. I am very happy that the book on it is out now. Forget the copy cats. Go to the source, go to the science. This is the definite guide by the creator of the method. Highly recommended.”


How are the two books different?

Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit comes from the author’s extensive research after reading hundreds of scientific journals in the field of social psychology, clinical psychology, and neuroscience. Duhigg has also interviewed the scientists who wrote them and crafted his exhaustive thesis. 

The result? The Power of Habit isn’t your average self-help book but takes a serious look at the science of habit formation and long-lasting change.

As for Tiny Habits, the bulk of the book comes from the research conducted by the author himself. BJ Fogg, PhD, is the founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University, where he has directed lab research for over 20 years. What you’ll find in Tiny Habits is a combination of Fogg’s academic research combined with his hands-on experience personally coaching over 40,000 people in the Tiny Habits method.

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