The Origins Of New Year’s Resolutions And How To Stick To Them (VIDEOS)

As we begin a new year, everybody is talking about the resolutions they will make. But let’s face it, not many people will stick to what they put on their list and will eventually revert to their previous habits. But did you ever think about how this resolution business got started? And do we really stick to them?

A little bit of history…

Actually, New Year’s resolutions are as old as the New Year’s holiday itself which was first celebrated over 4,000 years ago in Babylon. It seems that the ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the beginning of the year. They made the promise to pay their debts or return borrowed items.

Over the centuries, different nations continued to carry out the traditions in various ways. To discover how each nation kept making New Year’s resolutions through the ages, check out this video below. You will see where the tradition come from and why nowadays, people all over the world still make resolutions at the beginning of each year.

Who makes their resolutions and who doesn’t

It’s common knowledge that most people don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions. We don’t really know why, but not everybody will succeed at seeing their resolutions through. In this other video that I found, which is written and narrated by Dr. Mike Evans, you will find out numerous facts and stats about people who make or don’t make resolutions.

According to the studies by Dr. John Norcross, those who make their resolutions at New Year, as opposed to those who do it at another time of the year, have a much higher success rate by at least 20% after two weeks and more than 45% after six months. Dr. Norcross has also discovered that 41% of the people who participated in the research are making their resolutions for New Year instead of waiting later in the year.

What to do to really keep those New Year’s resolutions

Those discoveries are only some of the findings included in the video. In it, you will also learn the reasons why the people who make their resolutions at New Year are more successful at keeping them, what Dr. Mike thinks the attributes of successful changes are and how to really achieve the goals we are setting for ourselves.

So if you are curious about this, check out the video below and maybe you will finally keep those New Year’s resolutions once and for all. In the meantime, Happy New Year!

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4 thoughts on “The Origins Of New Year’s Resolutions And How To Stick To Them (VIDEOS)

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  1. Love the post Nataly! I wish people would just set goals instead of resolutions. So many people break resolutions and make ones that are just not obtainable. But to each his own. Love the video!

    Happy New Year my friend!


  2. Thanks a lot, Bren! Personally, I don’t make resolutions because I find it too hard to keep my promises and I end up being disappointed in myself. That’s why I too find it easier to set goals like Dr Mike said in the second video. Glad you like my post!

    Happy New Year to you too, hun! 🙂


  3. Hi Nataly,

    I really enjoyed the videos. Like Bren, I prefer to have goals instead of resolutions. I feel I’m held more accountable that way. I also keep my goals attainable and the list short. I lose interest on a long list.

    Thanks for sharing the videos.! Have a great night my friend!


  4. You’re so sweet, Cori! I also prefer the term goals instead of resolutions and my list is usually very short, like two or three goals max. But I don’t specifically make them at New Year, I think of one and add it to the list. I don’t set time frame either. Sometimes a goal can extend on several years. Lol!

    I am very happy you liked my post and thanks for stopping by, hun! 🙂


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