September 1, 2014

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All about New Year's resolutions and how to succeed

Well it's that time again. Time for making New Year's resolutions. With 2013 barely underway, those well intended resolutions are fresh off our tongues. Now comes the tough job of keeping them.

What sets New Year's resolutions apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. A clean slate of 12 whole months lies before us. We commit ourselves to a New Year's resolution generally hoping to keep it or them for the whole following year.

There are religious origins to the making of New Year's resolutions. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed  objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions.