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by Julie Kempson, Jan 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade.   Did you make any new resolutions as the bells chimed in the new year?   

History of New Years Resolutions

The tradition of making new years resolutions is said to have started some 4000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians who are said to have been the first people to make them.   They made promises to their gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed!

Around 46BC the Romans also began to make new year’s resolutions to the god Janus (after whoem the month of January is named) by offering sacrifices to the deity and making promises of good conduct for the year to come.

For early Christians, the first day of the new year became a traditional occasion for reflecting and thinking about past mistakes and resolving to do better in the future.

Common Resolutions

Nowadays – and in spite of the religious roots surrounding the tradition – new years resolutions aren’t so much about making promises to gods but are more about people making resolutions to themselves and generally focusing on self improvement!

Common resolutions include:

Improve mental well being by thinking more positively, being kind and enjoying life

Improve physical health and well being  such as losing weight, exercise more, eat better

Improve finances by getting out of debt, saving money and investing wisely

Improve self by becoming more organised and less stressed

Many of us set new years resolutions with every good intention of seeing them through, however did you know that around 23% of people have forgotten about their resolutions even before the end of the month of January!! 

Why not share with us any new years resolutions you have made?  And let us know how you get on with sticking to them!

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade.