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Making New Year's resolutions is a tradition as old as time itself

By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Freelance Writer

Most of us tend to start the New Year out by making some sort of New Year’s resolution. Whether we do it formally by writing it down or sharing our resolve with friends on social media, we make resolutions. It’s simply human nature to tell ourselves we are going to do things differently in the upcoming year. However, within a month most of our resolve has gone to the wayside and we are back to our old habits.

2016 is starting off with some new popular tends in resolution making. This year, instead of resolving to diet, the trend is to resolve to never diet. Fad diets and short-term changes are out and folks are opting for long-term lifestyle changes. Eliminating all processed food and going all natural are leading the pack when it comes to resolution trends for the upcoming year. Another popular trend are parental resolutions. Parents are promising to make changes in their parenting styles. No yelling, creative encouragement, and the like are the methods to achieve their goal. Regardless of the actual resolution, it seems most of our promises revolve around the theme of self-improvement.

Resolution making is certainly not a new thing. Some 4,000 years ago the ancient Babylonians made promises each new year to their gods. The celebration included a weeklong party honoring spring planting and the upcoming year to come. It was the Romans who changed the beginning of a new calendar year to January in honor of their god, Janis. They would make promises to Janis, the two faced god who looked backward at the old year and forward into the year to come. They also named the first month after Janis, thus January became the time of the new year.

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