Around 2000BC the Babylonians and Mesopotamians celebrated the New Year during Equinox signaling the start of spring.
It was not until 153BC that January was declared as the beginning of the year by the Romans. The month was named after Janus the mythical god of beginnings. Janus has two heads, one looking backwards and one looking forwards. Thus people would reflect on the past and make plans for the future. This was the start of New Year’s resolutions. The calendar year became much more like that used in present day in 46BC when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar. After consultation with an astronomer he matched the calendar year with the movement of the sun and marked January 1 as the start of the New Year.
10 Common Resolutions
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Drink less alcohol
- Improve fitness /exercise more
- Get out of debt
- Save more money
- Be more organized
- Get a job / Get a better job
- Spend more time with family
- Find love
10 Funny Resolutions:
- Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my nightdress. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom. I will no longer waste my time relieving the past; instead I will spend it worrying about the future.
- I will not bore my boss by with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of some more excuses.
- I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.
- I resolve to work with neglected children — my own.
- I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I’m not a clock watcher.
- I will read the manual… just as soon as I can find it.
- I will think of a password other than “password.”
- I will stop considering other people’s feelings when they so obviously don’t consider mine – if that unwashed fellow sits next to me again, I’ll tell him he stinks!
- I will not ring the stewardess button on airplanes just to get her phone number.
Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions:
- Be realistic
- Write down your resolutions on paper
- Write down a plan for achieving each resolution
- Plan ahead, start thinking about your resolutions before 31st December.
- Don’t keep it a secret, share your resolutions with others,
- If you slip up, just start again. Don’t abandon your resolution.
- The first few weeks will be the hardest, just stick to your plan.
- You can make resolutions any time of the year. Just keep trying.