‘Tis the season when many of us craft our New Year’s resolutions, including aspirations such as adopting healthier habits, reducing social media consumption, abstaining from alcohol, and embracing more home-cooked meals. While these goals are admirable, the recurring nature of such resolutions and the common struggle to stick to them is a familiar tale. Whether one opts for one resolution or a collection of them, why not inject a dose of originality by steering clear of clichés?
Why do some people have New Year’s resolutions?
The advent of the New Year presents a blank canvas. It’s an opportunity to rectify past missteps. New Year’s resolutions embody the optimism that the upcoming year will be brighter, symbolizing a departure from the past. Dennis Buttimer, M.Ed., CEAP, RYT, a facilitator at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, shared his take on the motivation behind making these resolutions. He stated, “I think most people desire a second chance to enhance the quality of their lives,” as shared on Piedmont.org. He mentioned that we are employing a concept known as “self-efficacy.” This concept entails that, by setting a goal and actively pursuing it, we gain a sense of control over the events unfolding in our lives.
How some say New Year’s resolutions started.
While the tradition of formulating New Year’s resolutions has been around for quite some time, it has evolved. According to the History Channel, the ancient Babylonians, credited with pioneering this practice some 4,000 years ago, observed a different commencement of the year in mid-March, coinciding with the planting of crops. Their 12-day religious festival, Akitu, involved the coronation of a new king or the reaffirmation of loyalty to the reigning one. Interestingly, the Babylonians made pledges to the gods, promising to settle debts and return borrowed items. Fulfilling these commitments was believed to garner favor from the pagan deities for the ensuing year.
Back to the present day: if you want to embrace the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions but want to steer clear of the usual ones that people typically lean towards, check out our compilation of non-cliché New Year’s resolutions below.