What’s the deal with New Year’s resolutions?

Start on January 1

 

New Year’s Resolutions? Do you make them? Do you break them?

Humans have been making resolutions to start the new year since the Babylonians made promises to their gods that they would pay their debts and return borrowed objects. The Romans would make promises to the god Janus, and Medieval knights would reaffirm their commitment to chivalry.

Most people these days resolve to eat less and exercise more. Or maybe it’s to spend less and read more.

Regardless of the resolution, tradition dates back for centuries. But unlike certain earlier beliefs there’s nothing magical about the calendar turning from December 1 to January 1. It’s just a good time for new beginnings.

Whether you call them resolutions, or goals, or just put them on your to-do list, January is a good place to start.

What are your resolutions for the year?

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