What’s your New Year’s resolution?

New Year’s resolutions are self- improvement promises we make to ourselves at the start of a new year. The most common self-upgrading resolves are … (guess) to lose weight, to drink less alcohol and many more unreserved choices out of the numerous reserved ones. However, our resolves loses its momentum very easily … A study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, conducted in 2007, indicated that 88% out of the 3,000 people involved failed in their New Year’s resolution!

“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty”, is a very right quote of John Selden – an English jurist and a scholar, to explain the study result that women succeeded 10% more when they made their resolutions public and of course, with dependence on encouragement from friends. The study result is neither empathetic towards men, it states that they completed their goals 22% more when they were involved in small measurable aims.

Toward the end of the Great Depression, the concept of New Year’s resolution became popular among the masses in the United States and because of its secular concept this tradition fast gained popularity across nations. As years go by, New Year’s resolutions have become more and more superficial, a quote by an anonymous writer rightly reflects our insincere attitude – “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

It is very amusing to know that the ancient Babylonians started the New Year promising the Gods that they would return borrowed things and pay their debts. Neither the Romans were low-spirited in welcoming the New Year; they began each year by making promises to the God Janus. It is said that the custom of New Year’s resolution partially originated from the Lenten sacrifices of the Catholic community, when the followers reflect upon one’s iniquities and seek and offer forgiveness.

So what’s your New Year’s resolution? …



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