Why Do People Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Eliza | 12 - 14 - 2020

New Year’s resolution is like a promise which a person makes for the New Year. It is about improving our life in the coming year. To make new and good choices which we didn’t make in the past year – resolution is all about following a new way.

Research says that more than 50 percent of the American adults make New Year’s resolutions but only 10 percent of them keep up with their resolutions. People are unable to keep up with their resolution mainly because of three things

  •         Problems with the purpose
  •         Difficulty in breaking old habits
  •         Focusing on specific outcomes    

If you find the strength to break off these obstacles then there will be no problem in achieving your goals and purposes.

Who Made the First New Year's Resolution?
  • A. Babylonians
  • B. Russians
  • C. Chinese
  • D. None of the above

History of New Year Resolutions

4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians are said to have made the first people to make New Year’s resolutions. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of New Year. For them New Year will begin in mid March and not in January, it will begin when the crops are all planted.

During a massive 12 days religious festival called the Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king and then they made promises to the gods to behave, to pay their debts and to return any objects they borrowed from others. This is how the New Year resolution started in the beginning. It is believed that if the Babylonians kept to their words, then their Pagan gods will bestow them their favor in the coming year.         

Few Steps to Help You Keep up with Your New Year Resolution:  

  •         Try to find your purpose
  •         Set realistic and achievable goals in life
  •         Making public commitments will help you achieve
  •         Engage yourself with likeminded people
  •         Break your goals into components

Keep in Mind:

Some people think unconventionally and make unusual New Year’s resolutions. Follow these steps and find your purpose in life, change your focus, kick off the hurdles which are holding you back. Engage with interesting people and get help from others to achieve your New Year resolution.    


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