Is It Okay to Have a Cheat Day? Goal-Setting Advice from Wharton’s Marissa Sharif — Ripple Effect

Before you make any New Year’s resolutions, you’ll want to hear this science-based advice from Wharton’s Marissa Sharif. She explains why goal-setting is easier when you build in some cheat days, which she calls “emergency reserves.” This episode is part of a series on getting a “Fresh Start” this new year.

Topics and questions covered:
00:00 – Introductions
01:00 – Emergency Reserves in Goal Setting
04:46 – Psychology and Research Behind Emergency Reserves
07:51 – Self-control
09:00 – The Role of People Around You
10:00 – How Emergency Reserves Affect Stress
11:03 – Expanded Applications of Emergency Reserves
13:47 – How to Use Emergency Reserves in Your Own Life

Every day, business scholars answer pressing questions in their research – but what do their insights mean for you? In this podcast, Wharton faculty dive into what inspired their studies and how their findings resonate with the world today. Learn how research insights translate into knowledge you can use, with host Dan Loney.

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