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Sunday, January 1, 2017
I Do Not Believe in New Year's Resolutions
I am not a believer of New Year's resolution because I know 92% of it is broken before the end of the year if not sooner. Why resolve to get rid of bad habits such as smoking, drinking and gambling when 4 to 6 weeks later you are back to the same old bad habits. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually, both physically and mentally. According to some research only 8% of New Years resolutions are achieve.
A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior.
New Year Resolutions have a Religious origins. Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.
This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness.
Most people act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the practice of New Year's resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices.