Denver Newsroom, Dec 29, 2021 / 17:00 pm
It’s that time of the year again when many people commit to working out every single day of the new year. New Year’s resolutions are a 4000-year-old tradition according to History.com, with the ancient Babylonians said to have been the first people to make such resolutions. According to the same report, a similar tradition was established in Rome in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar established January 1 as the start of a new year to honor the two-headed god Janus. Both traditions are rooted in the worship of pagan gods and were often focused on offering sacrifices and promising good conduct for the coming year in hopes of being in the gods’ good graces.
In today’s society, New Year’s resolutions rarely focus on making promises to God, (pagan) gods, or others. In fact, the top three categories of resolutions are health, self improvement, and money, according to a recent report from Finder. These resolutions can be anything from a commitment to losing weight to saving money in an investment or quitting a bad habit.
Yet, while nearly 50 percent of Americans plan on making New Year’s resolutions, the success rate of actually completing them is much, much lower, at around 8 percent, according to some estimates.
Should you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, how can you involve your faith in the process? What can you do to set yourself up to be one of the 8 percent that follows through on the goal you set for yourself? CNA has some ideas to kickstart your 2022 on a positive note!