Today is the 3rd of January 2011. A large portion of the South African population is making their way back to work after a well-deserved resting period over the 2010 Festive season. 2011 brings with it lots of challenges and opportunities. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of each year. Many keep to their resolutions, others do partially or don’t at all. For those of you that didn’t know, A New Year’s Resolution can be defined as a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit.
The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions actually goes all the way back to 153 BC. In this year, Janus (a mythical king of early Rome) was placed at the head of the calendar. Janus had 2 faces that could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.
The New Year did not always start on the 1st of January. In 46 BC Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had and January 1 officially became the first day of the New Year. In the Middle Ages Christians changed New Year’s Day to the 25th of December (Christmas Day). Then they changed it to March 25 (a holiday called the Annunciation). In the 16th century Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar again and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1.
Here are some popular New Year’s Resolutions that you could implement for 2011. You could vow to:
- Spend More Time with Family & Friends.
- Quit Smoking.
- Quit Drinking / Drink Less.
- Get Out of Debt.
- Learn Something New.
- Help Others.
- Get Organized.
- Get Fit.
- Loose Weight.
- Manage Stress.
Also feel free to check out our page featuring a New Year’s Resolutions Guide for 2011 on the Junk Mail website. We hope these resolutions inspire to live a better life in 2011. The Junk Mail team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our users and their loved ones a happy and prosperous 2011. If you have any resolutions that you feel you need to share with the readers on the Junk Mail Blog, please comment on this post.