New Year's Resolutions: How They Came About And How To Keep Them
December 1, 2017
Many people make New Year’s resolutions, according to various polls. It’s hard to know exactly how many of us pledge to be our better selves in the coming year; The Guardian cites a YouGov survey conducted in December 2015, according to which about 63% of people make New Year’s resolutions.
LiveScience references a CBS News poll conducted in 2013, and it showed that 68% of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Anyway, the winter holiday season is the time when we reflect on our achievements in the past year and make plans for the new one.
The history of New Year’s resolutions started thousands of years ago. Ancient Babylonians vowed to give back borrowed objects and pay off debts at the start of the year. Ancient Romans started the new year by making sacrifices to Janus, a god of home and hearth, and vowing to remain conscientious.