A Fresh New Start

Are you finding yourself reflecting on the big picture a little more than usual?

Researchers have found that a special occasion or temporal landmark, such as a new year, often has people taking a bit of an inventory or scan of their lives, which inspires them to set goals for better behaviour. In other words, we are more likely to take action towards our goals after days that mark the start of a new time period and represent new beginnings. It could be a significant life event such as a birthday or a day that stands out from others such as the start of a new week or month. This is referred to as the fresh-start effect and it can be helpful when trying to achieve a goal, as our past failures feel more distant.

“Those failures are the old you, and this is the new you. The fresh-start effect hinges on the idea that we don’t feel as perfect about our past as we’d like. We’re always striving to be better. And when we can wipe out all those failures and look at a clean slate, it makes us feel more capable and drives us forward.” Katherine Milkman

Why not take advantage of the “fresh start effect” while we’re still at the beginning of the New Year! For more ideas on how to do this, check out these resources:

How the Fresh-Start Effect Creates a Clean Slate – video with Kathrine Milkman

The science of keeping your New Year’s resolution – insights into how to break a bad habit — or start a good one.

For more ideas on setting and following through on some positive lifestyle goals, check out Healthiest You Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2018.