Why Do People Make New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions

Each one of us plans well before the New Years Resolution, a decision to do or not do something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. People often look back at the year passed away and also make consistent efforts to improve and enhance themselves with the onset of the New Year. Most of the New Year Resolutions mainly comprises of losing weight, upgrading with new skills, finding a new and better job, or maybe even planning a favorite vacation. But many of us might be thinking or wondering about why do we make these new promises to ourselves and where did this tradition evolve?. Also why so many people find it difficult or fail to accomplish the goal of resolution they make?.

New Year's Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions

Why we make New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year’s Resolution has long and traditional historical evidence. It is believed that the tradition came from Babylon around 4000 years ago, known with the earliest record of celebration of honoring the coming of New Year. During that period, there were no calendars as of today and so Babylonians started things off in late March during the first moon after the Spring Equinox. It was a collective ceremonial event popular as Akitu festival, enjoyed for 11 days. Babylonians made promises to get themselves on the right side of all of their gods which were dedicated to the rebirth of the sun god Marduk.

The ancient Romans believed Janus as January a two-faced god: one facing forward and one facing back. Janus was the guardian of gates, arches, doors, beginnings, and endings which had an ability to look forward and backward at the same time. Julius Caesar brought a change by consulting with the best mathematicians and astronomers of the time. It was at that time a Julian calendar was introduced that closely represented the modern calendar which we use today.

January 1st was marked by Caesar as the first day of the year to honor the god of beginnings, Janus. On this eve, Romans offered sacrifices to Janus as a celebration of the New Year. To this day, we follow the ancient traditions of Babylonians and Romans all around the world. Google in the year 2012 launched a Resolution Map where people were able to add resolutions and also see others adding theirs in real-time.

Today the most popular New Year Resolutions to consider:

  • Get organized
  • Lose Weight/ Eat Healthier
  • Learn Something New Skills
  • Find love
  • Help others to pursue their goals.
  • Quit Smoking
  • Save More Money
  • Spend quality time with family members and close friends
  • Enjoy Life
  • Help out around the house and do your chores without complaining

If you are inspired by the above list of promises for 2021 this tradition is destined to live on. The concept of resolution holds 4000 years’ worth of history and it’s hard to argue with. Remember that it takes dedication and hard work to keep and stick to a New Year’s Resolution. There is no need to worry if you fail once or twice and if you stay committed to what you want to accomplish, you’ll be proud of yourself in the end.

Also, some research has confirmed that making a New Year resolution helps you to get closer to your goal. The idea of bringing some improvement is another motivator.

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