With the New Year’s rapidly approaching many Americans are anxiously awaiting to set new goals for their New Year’s Resolutions and reevaluate the old ones. Resolutions aren't anything new of course. The long-time tradition that can be traced back to the Roman Empire era.
In 153 B.C. Julius Caesar created New Year’s Resolutions to honor the Roman god Janus. He encouraged the Babylonians to make resolutions with hopes that whatever they borrowed from Janus would be returned. This timeless tradition has carried over to the 21st century.
According to sources, about 50% of Americans participate in New Year's Resolutions and but only 35% fulfil their expectations. Out of the 35%, men are more likely to achieve their goals than women. Over the course of the year people tend to lose track of the progress or even forget about the resolutions all together.
So why do we continue to set these yearly goals? In my opinion, we want to reestablish a clean slate. Everyone wants to go into the New Year feeling refreshed and renewed while leaving the former year behind. Either way, resolutions produce hope for a better year. What are your New Year's Resolutions?