A Look at the Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

As 2017 closes in, many contemplate having New Years resolutions. Common ideas include losing weight, eating better, getting in shape, and getting more exercise. A tip to succeed at this is to set concrete goals, like “lose 20 pounds”, instead of vague ones like “lose some weight”.

We tend to think of New Year’s resolutions as a modern concept, but in reality they go all the way back to the Babylonians, who held a vast empire some 4000 years ago. They promised their gods that they would repay all of their debts and return tools they had borrowed. The Romans adopted this practice, promising the god Janus the same thing. Janus is the god after whom January is named, and hence our NYE resolutions.

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Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating better, getting in shape, and getting more exercise.

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