Well, we’re just about six weeks into the new year and I thought it would be a good time to see how everyone is making out with their New Year’s resolutions.
If you’re anything like me you have gone through this annual exercise, well, almost as many times as there are candles on your cake.
Whether it’s losing weight, reducing your alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, (I thought I would get the really bad habits out of the way first…lol), or resolving to learn a second language, or a third, for the real go-getters out there, for most, New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored and harmless tradition.
In 2016, I Resolve To…wondering what most people’s resolutions were for 2016? I looked it up and here are the Top New Year’s Resolutions for 2016:
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Live a healthier lifestyle
- Lose weight
- Save more, spend less
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Pay down debt
Are you wondering where this custom originated? Well, I did a little research as I wanted to know who to blame when I felt guilty for not keeping my resolutions!
It’s believed the Babylonians were the first people to make New Year’s resolutions and that was over four thousand years ago. For them, the year began in mid-March, when their crops were planted. It is said that as part of their New Year’s celebration, they would crown or affirm loyalty to a King and make promises to the gods about intentions for the coming year. Similar celebrations were practiced by the Romans. Early Christians used the new year to reflect on past mistakes, resolving to do better in the future.
So you might say that this ancient custom of renewal and atonement is wired into our DNA.
Today, nearly half of us freely admit to making resolutions of one form or another. Most of these “promises” are of a personal nature, and maybe because of this, less than ten percent of us make it all the way to December. I guess bad habits are hard to break.
In 2016 I resolve to …well, I have to admit I’m off to a rocky start, but I’m still hopeful.
How about you, how is your New Year’s journey progressing?