Resolutions? Do you make them?


Back in 2000 I made a decision to never make any more New Year resolutions, and omg I’ve been able to keep that one. LOL

Now does that mean I don’t make goals, or have plans for the upcoming year? No. I have them. I just don’t set myself up for failure anymore, and the unnecessary stress. Seriously, how many people by the end of the month (sometimes week) have already broken a new year’s resolution?? Honestly- probably about 90% of people that make them.

If you’re one of the one’s that haven’t, Awesome! Keep going!!

Some facts:
The ancient 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.
There are other religious parallels to this tradition. 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. People may act similarly during the Catholic fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year’s resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

Most popular goals:
*Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
*Improve mental well-being; think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
*Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments
*Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
*Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents
*Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
*Take a trip
*Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization
*Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence
*Make new friends
*Spend quality time with family members
*Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids
*Try foreign foods, discovering new cultures

Success rate & ways to succeed:

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

So how to succeed? Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year’s resolution book “A course in happiness” “Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year’s resolutions”. It is also noted that talking with a counselor about setting goals and new year resolutions can help you keep those resolutions.


“New Year(‘s) resolution”. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
Julia Jasmine (1998). Multicultural Holidays. Teacher Created Resources. p. 116. ISBN 1-55734-615-1.

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National Science Fiction Day
January 2, 2014 in the USA

National Science Fiction Day takes place on January 02, 2014. National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, a date that was chosen to correspond with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. While not an official holiday of any sort (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by any government), National Science Fiction Day is given some degree of credence by its recognition by organizations such as the Hallmark Channel and by the Scholastic Corporation.

Where is National Science Fiction Day?
Nationwide USA

Berchtoldstag 2014
January 2, 2014 in Switzerland

Berchtoldstag takes place on January 02, 2014. Berchtoldstag is an Alemannic holiday, known in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is near New Year’s Day, during the Rauhnächte, in Switzerland nearly always on January 2, with the status of a public holiday in a number of cantons. Its observation is attested since the 14th century. The name may be related to the Perchta, a female of myth and folklore, guardian of the animals, and sometimes leader of the Wild Hunt, since Twelfth Night traditions even in the Spanish Pyrennes can feature visits from a transformed human/animal.

Where is Berchtoldstag?
Nationwide Switzerland

Kakizome 2014
January 2, 2014 in Japan

Kakizome is celebrated on January 02, 2014. Kakizome (literally “first writing”) is a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year, traditionally on January 2. Seated facing a favourable direction, people would write Chinese poetry containing auspicious words and phrases such as long life, spring, or perennial youth. These poems were then often burned. In modern times, people often write out auspicious kanji rather than poems. School pupils up to senior high school are assigned kakizome as their winter holiday homework. Each year on January 5, several thousand calligraphers gather at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo’s Chiyoda-ku for a kakizome event that is widely covered by media. The kakizome paper is usually burned on 14 January in the Sagicho festival. If the burning paper flies high, it is said that the person will be able to write a more fair hand.

Where is Kakizome?
Nationwide Japan

Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
January 2, 2014 in the World

“Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes” is an expression. It means to float an idea to see what people think, or if they notice. The term is commonly used in advertising and print media.

Run it Up the Flagpole to See if Anyone Salutes Day is set aside to allow people to do just that. Be creative today. Use this day to try and test new ideas and concepts. Don’t limit the ideas to business applications. In your personal life, try out a new dress or clothing style, perhaps a different haircut. Or, maybe buy a new houseflag and run it up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes…or even notices.

Run it up the flagpole
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Historical Events:

366 – The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.

1602 – Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale

1800 – Free black community of Phila petitions Congress to abolish slave

1831 – Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston

1839 – 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)

1900 – E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7″ single-sided records (Montreal)

1903 – Pres T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black

1913 – National Woman’s Party forms

1919 – Anti-British uprising in Ireland

1929 – US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls

1936 – 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Mo

1947 – Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

1960 – John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years

1972 – Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars

1988 – Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

1994 – Battles between army & rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57

1995 – Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)

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