As we embark on a shiny new year, many people are trying to stick to the resolutions they made at the end of the old one. While we make those promises to ourselves with the best intentions, it’s no secret that most adults fail before the month of January is over.
How did making New Year’s resolutions come about? And what are some of the most common ones people make? Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about this December 31 tradition.
Though Americans might think they can lay claim to the practice of making resolutions for the upcoming year, it actually dates back to the ancient Babylonians. For them, however, the year started in mid-March, when crops for the season were planted. During Akitu, a 12-day religious festival, Babylonians made promises to the gods in return for good favor in the new year. It is from this ancient practice that today’s New Year’s resolutions are believed to have evolved.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the world to the Gregorian calendar. At that time, he declared that January 1 should mark the start of the new year, and the Western world soon complied.
What else do we know about this tradition of making resolutions and celebrating the start of a new year?
WalletHub has loads of fun facts about how people mark the calendar turning to a new year:
So, what can you do to improve your chances of making your New Year’s resolutions a reality? Here are some suggestions to try.
According to personal growth experts, New Year’s resolutions fail for many reasons, ranging from goals that aren’t realistic to those that aren’t specific enough.
If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier in 2022, you might need to decrease the amount of sugar in your diet. People in the U.S. consume up to three times more sugar than the recommended daily allowance. 4 Steps to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet contains good information to help you avoid the health risks associated with added sugar.