Published On: Wed, Dec 31st, 2014

A Guide to New Year´s Resolution

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It’s that time of year again, time for parties, drinking, fun and resolutions. According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology approximately 45% of Americans make New Year´s resolutions each year and only 8% actually manage to achieve their goals. The custom of setting New Year´s resolutions are believed to have started in 62BC during the time of Julius Caesar; as a way to honor the Roman mythical god Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forwards into the new. Romans mostly made morality-based resolutions, such as being good to others. But in the 4th century when the Roman Empire took Christianity as its official state of religion these moral resolutions were replaced by prayers and fasting.

Throughout the years traditions have formed and some others have changed, but there is a constant that still remains which is not only the illusion of a new year but the chance to start of that year on the right foot, to take charge of your life, to make goals that you want to achieve and to reach them.

According to the above source the most common New Year´s resolutions are:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more.
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

It doesn´t matter what your New Year´s resolution is, what matters is that you have one, that you commit to it and that you don´t fall into the cycle of false expectations. Set a goal that you know that you can achieve for a short term and make it happen, and then you will find that New Year´s resolutions are something you can look forward to.

We wish you a Happy New Year full of happiness, health, prosperity, fun, and new experiences.

The Yucatan Times team.

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