• Julia Hiltz

What's Your Resolution?

When January 1st rolls around, so do a slew of new resolutions. The act of making a “promise” to yourself started in Babylon roughly 4000 years ago, when Babylonians made promises to the Gods in hopes of earning their favour during their New Year celebration. Ancient Romans also made their own resolutions to their god of beginnings and endings, Janus. Today, we still make resolutions every year for a variety of reasons.

With some the most common resolutions being to lose weight or to get in shape, health is a major “theme” with all resolutions. Perhaps it’s to get away from the copious amounts of eating during the holidays or simply a desire to do so, but resolutions within this subcategory are made by many people around the globe. Other common goals are to spend more time with family and friends as well as helping others throughout the coming year. New Year’s poses a unique time to reflect on the past year and strive to make improvements in our lives for the coming one.

However, most resolutions go unfulfilled. According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s resolution. This small number is a large variance from the roughly 50% of the population who usually make them (Journal of Clinical Psychology), which leaves one to wonder why the rate of success is so little. Some common interpretations of why we fail are: the goals are unrealistic to achieve, and the struggle that comes with creating new habits is too hard to maintain.

On the flip side, many people manage to stick to and achieve their resolution. To join their ranks, try starting small, setting goals that are specific, talking to others about your resolution and using their support to motivate yourself, and staying positive!

As 2016 starts, take some time to think about what your own New Year’s resolution could be. Good Luck!