Why Making New Year's Resolution

by VAIVAIMAGAZINE • 31 Dec 2015

It’s well known that New Year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate. 

Unfortunately for many, the marks turn into a pattern: January 1, we start off heroic to follow through on our objectives. Enthusiastic and energized, we believe that this year will be special from the last, when our resolutions went by the wayside. But by February or even mid-January, the majority of us have abandoned our goals altogether.

How many of us vow that this will be ‘my year’, where we will shed our bad habits and become better people? How many of us succeed?

The answer is… not many. Just one in 10 of us will achieve our goal, according to a study by Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire - with most of us scrapping the good intentions as early as January 23rd.

So why do we continue to make resolutions every year even though so few of us follow through?

One reason is the allure of starting from scratch. “The beginning of the year offers a fresh start and a clean slate,” according to Nona Jordan, a coach who’s known as the “business yogini” and helps female entrepreneurs improve their business.

Resolutions continued on with the Romans. When the early Roman calendar no longer synced up with the sun, Julius Caesar decided to make a change. He consulted with his best astronomers and mathematicians and introduced the Julian calendar, which more closely represents the modern calendar we use today. Caesar declared January 1 the first day of the year to honor the god of new beginnings, Janus. The Romans celebrated the New Year by offering sacrifices to Janus.

To this day, the traditions of the ancient Babylonians and Romans continue on around the world. 

The most-broken resolutions:
Losing Weight
Making—and Saving—More Money
Working Out
Getting a New Job
Eating Healthier
Stopping Smoking
Managing Stress Better
Improving a Relationship




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