Why do people make New Year's Resolutions

Why do people make New Year's Resolutions

January 10, 2020

The New Year is here with us, and most people are thinking about making changes and setting goals. These changes and new goals are on lists and in our minds under the heading "New year resolutions."

How people started making New Year resolutions

Something about the beginning of the New Year screams fresh start to most of us. That could be the reason why we find it such a great time to start new things. But have you ever wondered why people make New Year resolutions? Here is a short story to explain it.

The yearly tradition of making New Year resolutions has been with us since the time of the Babylonians. During that time, they still had celebrations to usher in the New Year, although their's was at a different time. They celebrated for days and honored their gods. While honoring their gods, they made promises to them to be better in the coming year. That was what you would call their new resolutions during that time.

Later, the practice of celebrating the New Year continued with the Romans, who introduced the habit of celebrating the New Year on the 1st of January. They, too, honored their gods, specifically one called Janus, after whom the first month of the year was named. Till today, we celebrate the New Year on the 1st of January and, like our predecessors, vow to be better in some ways in the coming months.

Why are New Year resolutions popular today?

Resolutions are quite popular with many people today. Some popular ones include;

  • Getting on a weight loss program
  • Finding ways to spend more time with family
  • Starting a business and more

Unlike the people in Babylonian and Roman times, people do not make resolutions for the benefit of the gods but mainly for bettering themselves. It is something that people of all ages can do and benefit from tremendously.

Unfortunately, many people find them tedious. That's mainly because few people stick to them. Others feel that positive change is something you can do anytime and not just at the beginning of the year. So for such people, the importance of New Year's resolutions is invalid.

But, the truth is, New Year resolutions are a sure way of starting the year on a good footing with something to accomplish in mind. And for those who take them seriously, there are several benefits to it. Here are a few.

  • They allow you to let go of bad habits optimistic that you will go forth into the New Year a better person knowing the things to do or not to do in order to stay on track
  • They give you a chance to take stock of your previous year's accomplishments. That will help you to focus on how to work on better and bigger things in the New Year.
  • They are a great way to make a fresh start and clean the slate. Many use New Year's resolutions as a way to move to a new place, make new friends, or even change jobs.

For these three reasons, making New Year resolutions is an excellent way to start the year.

Have you made any resolutions and come up with ideas to make them happen, or do you feel they are not your cup of tea? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments. If you have never made any resolutions, why don't you try it? You may be surprised at the things you will accomplish on your resolutions list by the end of 2020.

Happy New Year!

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