Share your voice with Radio Freakonomics






We’re working on an episode about behavior change – essentially about getting yourself to do things you should be doing but often don’t. It revolves around fascinating research or Kathy Milkman in Penn. For example, she and her colleagues noted the “fresh start effect”:

The popularity of New Year’s resolutions suggests that people are more likely to move on to their goals immediately after important time milestones. … We propose that these milestones demarcate the passage of time, creating many new periods of mental accounting each year that relate past imperfections to the previous period, encourage people to look at their life as a whole, and thus motivate desirable behavior.

We are looking for your examples of new beginnings – be it a new time frame, job, relationship, life situation, etc. – and how that may have motivated some desired action in your own behavior.

Use your iPhone, androidor other recording device to make a short audio recording of your response and email the file to radio@freakonomics.com. Tell us your name, where you live, what you do and, most importantly, your Fresh Start story. We will choose the best and weirdest examples and make them part of our show. If you are too shy to record your voice, please let us know. TwitterOn our facebook page, or in the comments below. But sound is what we really need.

Thanks a lot!