The fresh start effect was discussed in Katy Milkman’s Book ‘How to Change‘. Below are materials and questions that can be used to learn about this and discuss.
- ‘How to Change’ by Katy Milkman: The fresh-start effect and how to change as the pandemic recedes (article)
- How the Fresh-Start Effect Creates a Clean Slate (Video)
- Interview with Katy Milkman (How to Change and the Science Behind It)
Google Chrome Extensions
- Google Dictionary (by Google)
- Papago Translate
- Power Thesaurus
- Google Translate Extension
- Diigo Web Collector – Capture and Annotate
- What is your Sunday night/Monday morning routine? Do you have any ‘start of the week’ habits?
- What significant ‘fresh start’ experiences have you had in your life?
- Have you ever been ‘the new kid’ in class or the ‘new person’ in some situation where most people already knew each other? How was that?
- Think of times when you tried something new or different (new haircut, different club activity, fresh relationship). How did the change affect you? How long did changes last?
- It’s a new school year. Spring is almost here. Covid isn’t over, but social distancing (kind of) is.
What fresh starts are you making (or considering) these days?
- How is your semester going so far?
- Do you make new year’s resolutions? If so, what were they this year?
- Which parts of your life feel ‘stale’ (not fresh)?
- How did you deal with ‘fresh starts’ during the Covid era?
- Do you think a ‘fresh start’ approach can make a difference in achieving your goals?
Related Song of the Week: New Beginning by Tracy Chapman