Saturday, December 17, 2005

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

There is always a story behind everything, one we might not expect, and today we're
going to explore the New Years Resolutions story. I've asked 20 people randomly when
do they think the New Years Resolutions tradition started.

10 out of 20: Thought it started after the cold war.
5 out of 20: Thought it started in the late 60's (And that the hippies were the ones
to invent it along with the term "Groovy")
3 out of 20: Thought it started in the late 80's, early 90's.
2 out 20: Gawked and told me "Huh?"

So the question is... when did the New Year's Resolutions tradition begin?

Answer: The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C.

Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Apparently Janus had two faces, so he could look back on thy past and forward to the future. Sounds surreal, that our current celebrated tradition has that kind of story: Mythology, symbolism, and history...

Could it be that those elements of the story are the ones that make it almost impossible to achieve. How many people do you hear saying "I've accomplished my New Year's resolutions." Could it be that those goals we put ahead of us are just a myth, a small figment of history we can't let go of, or perhaps a symbol we forgot the purpose of its symbolism and deemed it real. These are of course my own ramblings, but there are teams of researchers around the world that actually investigate this phenomenon. Also, they are people who dedicated 20 years or more to discover the true reasons why we can not keep up with our own goals.

Marlatt who studied this subject for over 20 years gives us tips about how
to achieve your resolutions:
• Have a strong initial commitment to make a change.
• Have coping strategies to deal with problems that will come up.
• Keep track of your progress. The more monitoring you do and feedback you get, the
better you will do.

Sure-fire ingredients for setting yourself up for resolution failure, he adds,
• Not thinking about making resolutions until the last minute.
• Reacting on New Year's Eve and making your resolutions based on what's bothering
you or is on your mind at that time.
• Framing your resolutions as absolutes by saying, "I will never do X again."

According to research, the Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions are:

1. Lose weight

2. Stop smoking

3. Stick to a budget

4. Save or earn more money

5. Find a better job

6. Become more organized

7. Exercise more

8. Be more patient at work/with others

9. Eat better

10. Become a better person

Have you prepared your New Year's Resolutions Yet? Am in the process of posting them, feel free to post your resolutions. On a side note, Jameed, cracked me up with his "2006 surprise", i think one of his resolutions would be "Get stainless steel knifes" =)


Blogger Sabri Hakim said...

I wonder what resolutions they had in 153 BC...

6:30 AM  
Blogger jameed said...

my new year's resolution is to finish reading my unread emails in my inbox, seriously. they are burdening me.

as for stainless steel knives, i wouldn't mind a set of the cool ones i saw on infomercials; the ones you cut wood, steel and paper with; bend, them throw them or even hammer them then slice tomatoes with.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Kamatz said...

my new year's resolution is: not to fall in love

:P though the stainless seel knives sound very good since i'm moving to my first apartment next year

10:45 PM  
Anonymous kloude said...

hmmmm i don't think i have any new years just isn't important for me to make goals cuz mine are long termed and not at all gonna be achieved in one my goal to get a BA degree in three years instead of four or my goal to get out of this mucked up *winks at amino* country in two and a half years...etc etc etc

12:40 PM  
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