The New Year has begun, did you make any resolutions? In many western cultures making New Year’s resolutions is a long running tradition.
What is a resolution? It is simply a decision to make a change. This could be by doing something (eg. To start playing football) OR by not doing something (eg. To stop drinking coca-cola).
But where did it all begin?
Actually, resolutions are as old as the New Year tradition itself! So, just like the ancient Babylonians started the celebration of the New Year 4,000 years ago, they also started resolutions.
Ancient resolutions were a little different from our modern ones though. The Babylonians would make promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans carried on this tradition by making promises to the god Janus.
In modern times resolutions became less about making promises to God, and more about making promises to ourselves.
So, what are the most common resolutions that people make?