New Year’s resolutions date back to ancient rulers


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When you think of New Year’s resolutions, you probably don’t think of Julius Caesar. Yet, he is the one that moved the first day of the year to Jan. 1 to honor the Roman God, Janus.

Going back a little further, the ancient Babylonians (who made promises to their gods) and Egyptians around 4,000 years ago celebrated their new calendar with various celebrations. Next year will somehow be different.

So, you are in good company and continuing a long tradition by trying to do at least one thing differently and better during the upcoming New Year.

Resolutions are as varied as the people who make them. With the Earth’s population at approximately 7.6 billion, there is bound to be some overlap. Health-related resolutions such as exercising more, eating better and losing weight are the most popular.

Other resolutions could be learning a new skill or hobby, spending more time with the family, drinking less alcohol and giving up smoking.

Keeping the resolution can be difficult. Day 1 usually is easy, but it gets difficult from there. Share the resolution with others to make it more accountable and to relieve some of the stress.

Social media also can force people to honor their resolutions. Sooner or later, people will tend to make excuses on not keeping a resolution. Sickness is a common excuse.

Moral support helps just like it helps in attaining other goals in life. A year might seem like a long time, but time is relative according to Albert Einstein. A few seconds here and there, minutes, days and months. Take it all slowly and the year will be complete.

If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution, now is the time to start.