Why We Make New Year’s Resolutions


Ella Oliva

After a year that seems like it lasted forever, we have finally made it to 2021. A new year, a clean slate, a new beginning, this is when most people begin to write down many goals they have for this year. Whether you love New Year resolutions or think they are a waste of time, how did this idea even come about? According to historians this idea originated from the Babylonian Kingdom, where a 12 day festival took place in honor of the new harvest season where members of the community would fast and pray to their gods for better fortunes in the new season. Following this, in 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar began to honor the god Janus by declaring that the New Year began on January 1st. Which is when he asked his subjects to reflect on themselves and devote themselves to improving in the New Year. Lastly, in 1740, the father of Methodism, John Wesley, advised similar actions during his midnight New Years Eve service. Since then this tradition has spread all over the world.

Now that we know the history let’s talk about actually following through with our goals. According to a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, only 12 percent of people have stuck to their resolutions at the end of the year. Most people tend to make their resolutions because of triggers or feeling pressured to do what everyone around them is, which is why most people give up on their resolutions. This is why you must construct a plan to achieve a goal that is what you want for yourself even if it’s small. Happy New Year and you got this!


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