If 50% of Americans Make New Year's Resolutions and 10% Succeed, then mabe we are making resolutions for the wrong reasons!
I understand that we want to self improve but what about helping others, homeless, a single parent, someone with an affliction, The list goes on. Then I think we can raise our percentages.
1000 to 600 YEARS BEFOR CHRIST
New Years Eve was in mid March for the Babylonians. Because that’s when the crops were planted and most ancient societies bases their ceremonies and holidays around the planting and harvesting of food crops. During the Akitu a 12 day long religious festival a new king was crowned or the present king was given another term. Also the Babylonians would make promises to their gods to pay off debts and return borrowed tools to their owners. This could be considered to be the forerunner to new years resolutions. They feared that the gods would punish them if the didn’t keep their word. Who is going to punish you if you don’t return that tool, pay that debt, loose that weight, learn a new skill or pick up a new hobby?
100 YEARS BEFOR CHRIST
January 1st came into play when Emperor Julius Caesar tweaked the calendar. Naming the beginning of the year after the gods Janus and Juno. Juno the protector of January and the goddess of marriage, the sister to Jupiter, Neptun and Pluto. Daughter of Saturn. Janus a god with two faces, one looking forward into the future and one face looking back from the past. Past and future, gates (into and out of places), war and peace. ext.. Making promises to your spouse, like taking care of him or her financially or staying with, when sick. Promising to do better this year than last. All remind me of New years resolutions.
Modern Christian Era
AFTER THE DEATH OF CHRIST
In 1740 the English clergyman, John Wesley, founder of Methodism, started the watch night services. Held on New Years Eve or New Years Day, hymn singing and scripture reading is still practiced today. Praying and making resolutions for the coming year. Despite the religious roots, resolutions today are mostly secular. Self-improvement is the focus.
Article inspired by Sarah Pruitt, Thanks.