Make a New Year’s Resolution

By on 12/31/2014
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Ladies and gentlemen it’s that time of year again. All of us will look back on everything we accomplished throughout the year and wrack our brains for New Year’s resolutions for 2015. New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to set and hopefully stick to solid goals and even if you don’t accomplish everything on your list, checking off at least one can feel awesomely satisfying. However, did you ever wonder where this tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions comes from? Who first started doing it and why?

So listen to this…the very first people who started the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions as we know them today were the Ancient Babylonians about 4000 years ago! Like many cultures today, ringing in the new year was a big deal and it was seen as an opportunity to make amends and start fresh.  They would make their resolutions to their Gods and strive for self improvement in the new year. All of us are striving for self improvement today as well aren’t we? By nature, humans are always looking to grow and nurture a better sense of oneself and our place in this world. People who make resolutions and tell people about it are 10 times more likely to achieve their resolutions than people who don’t. Those sound like good odds to me.

A lot of us don’t make resolutions because of one main simple reason; we’re afraid we will fail. Failing to achieve a resolution can remind us of our frailty and weaknesses and frankly sometimes we feel like we’re already juggling enough balls in our life. However, we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. Like everything else in life, take it one step at a time even if that means having to break down your resolution into phases or small stepping stones. Don’t make a huge list of unattainable or unrealistic goals but rather allow yourself to stick to one resolution this year preferably with small easy wins. Most importantly, make sure you plan for your resolution. Support and provide yourself the tools to set you up for success and then treat yourself!

So what’s your resolution this year? Share it with me in the comments!

On that note, let’s take a look at 2014’s top 10 list for New Year’s resolutions.

1. Losing weight

2. Getting organized

3. Spend less, save more

4. Enjoy life to the fullest

5. Staying fit and healthy

6. Learn something exciting

7. Quit smoking

8. Help others in their dreams

9. Fall in love

10. Spend more time with family

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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