So we’re right around the 2 week mark into 2017, and for some this is the point where we quietly let go of the New Year’s resolution we were originally so steadfast on. Whether it was to lose those extra pounds, quit drinking soda, or finally finish the DIY bathroom remodeling project, our resolutions are always well intended to start. Well…going to the gym every morning is a pain, and just one Coca Cola won’t count, and who really needs a door on their bathroom anyhow? Have you ever wondered why we make New Year’s resolutions in the first place? Let’s take a look back in time to where this tradition originated, and for someone to blame.
When in Rome
Ancient Babylonians have been credited as the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, and held celebrations honoring the turn of the new year. They made promises to the gods to pay any debts and return items that had been borrowed; thus creating the first form of a New Year’s resolution. The Romans and Julius Caesar specifically established January 1st as the first day of the year around 46 B.C. This month was named after Janus, the two-faced god whose spirit inhabited doorways, passages and gates as well as endings and transitional periods. Janus was said to have looked backward into the previous year, as well as ahead into the future. Romans would admit their wrong doings to Janus, and make promises for their conduct for the future. Poof, the New Year’s resolution was born.
Typically, getting healthier or losing weight is the most popular resolution and tops many lists this time of year. The gyms are jam packed, usually for around 2 weeks into the new year then slowly taper off. Here is a list of the top 10 resolutions for 2017, as well as some interesting statistics for
Americans specifically and their success rates . The number 2 spot listed here was life/self improvements which can cover a wide range of resolutions chosen this year. Organization and getting around to finishing tasks is a great option that helps clear up your physical space, as well as your mental one. Clutter can be a nuisance and keep you from having space to buy the awesome new things you really want – but we have a solution! Our new Dropsac is a quick and simple way to de-clutter in an instant!
Keep On Keepin’ On!
Change can be difficult to embrace at times, especially when the rewards are not instantaneous. Making sure you have a reasonable resolution is the first step toward being successful.
Self restraint is a rational desire, and lives in your frontal lobe along with judgement and decision making. Your sneaky pleasure center of the brain lives in a different area, one being your amygdala, and is more than happy to reward your urge to eat the entire package of cookies with lots of dopamine. Remember to keep on truckin’! In the end all your hard work will pay off handsomely.
Like the Romans promising good behavior for the coming year, forget all those naughty things you may have done in 2016 and embrace the new year! Here’s hoping your New Year’s resolutions will bring you joy and rock hard abs for summer!