What are the most common New Year Resolutions?
Dec27

What are the most common New Year Resolutions?

Are we a part of a whole or are we unique individuals? We may have unique personalities, unique life experiences, unique outlooks, unique combinations of every factor that makes each of us who we are just like our fingerprints, yet we find that ultimately we are part of humankind. Our basic instincts and reactions, among other things, are the same. When we are hungry, we all want food. When we fall we all put out our arms to protect ourselves. We all like it when we are appreciated. And so on. Is that why we all make resolutions at some point in our lives? Yes. Making resolutions is as basic to our human nature as our other instincts like eating and sleeping. This stems from the fact   that making resolutions to oneself is as basic as self-preservation. Inherently we know that no matter how many promises we make to others, the ones we will take most seriously are the ones we make to ourselves. This is because the promises we make to ourselves are invariably things which we individually would benefit from. Hence we make resolutions, and New Year is just an occasion that officializes the event. Then why are the most common New Year Resolutions so silly? They are not. Each of them is a small tiny goal we set ourselves in the path of progress. Small goals are easier to attain rather than blanket promises which we know we cannot trust ourselves to keep. Hence the most common New Year Resolutions are often very mundane. But in reality, each of them is very important to an individual to make one’s own life better in many different ways. Here are a few examples of such resolutions that seem not so important. Let us see what benefits each of them have if we manage to achieve them. “This year I resolve to eat healthier” While this New Year Resolution seems just one thing to do, our inner self knows that if maintained, it will lead to bigger and more important life benefits than the obvious. So for example, while the immediate benefit might be a healthier you, there are many ‘side effects’ like less money spent on healthcare which leads to more savings, a freer mind not taken up by health woes to spend on other quality life activities, less days of absenteeism at work which leads to more chances of a bonus or promotion, a healthy complexion which leads to more people noticing you which leads to more opportunities to add friends to your life, and more. So this seemingly innocuous resolution is a simple attainable goal...

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So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?
Dec07

So what’s the big deal with New Year Resolutions?

What are New Year Resolutions? Most of us are familiar with New Year Resolutions, which we have tried to make and keep more than once. A lot of us do it every year! A New Year Resolution is a promise that you make to the single most important person in your life. Yourself. Other days are marked for promises you make to other human beings, gods, idols, animals, the world and so on. The list is endless and the list is good. But on New Year’s day, the reason is the best. Only if you promise to run the best course for you, will you be in a position to support others. What is the mythology of New Year Resolutions? Janus was a mythological god of Romans way back in 153 BC. He had two faces. One looking forward, and one looking backwards. This symbolised that Janus looked both into the past as well as the future at the same time. The Romans concluded that Janus forgave them for past wrongs, and blessed them for what lay ahead. Hence, on New Year’s Eve, the Romans paid homage to Janus by themselves ceremonially forgiving those who had wronged them the previous year, and making positive promises to themselves for the year that lay ahead. This was the first mythological reference to New Year Resolutions. What is the history of New Year Resolutions? Some 4000 years ago, once a year on a particular day, Babylonians celebrated Akitu, the festival signifying the rebirth of the sun god Marduk. The people of Babylon promised themselves to conduct themselves such that the Gods would be pleased with them. The festival then continued for 12 days. At that time, either a new king was crowned or the people again formally pledged their allegiance to their old king. This was the first historical reference to New Year Resolutions. The Romans continued to celebrate New Year in honour of Janus who to them stood for new beginnings. So what is the relevance of New Year Resolutions today? Like most good things in life, we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. We have been advancing as civilisations by following their values and traditions to mould our development around them. Whether in a light mood at a New Year’s Eve party or in an formal list, we proclaim our resolutions first to ourselves and then to others. Why just the coming year, and not the entire life ahead? This is because we know that we need to set a serious timeline for our goals. Tired of resolving to just do generally better in our lives which we...

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