10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Whether you plan to ring in the New Year watching the ball drop on TV, party the night away and toast with friends and family, or go to bed in 2015 only to wake up to 2016, the New Year is fast approaching.

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Whether you plan to ring in the New Year watching the ball drop on TV, party the night away and toast with friends and family, or go to bed in 2015 only to wake up to 2016, the New Year is fast approaching. With each new year come memories of the previous year, some are wonderful others may not be so great, however, does that resolution you made 365 days ago still haunt you? Yes, The New Year’s Resolution.


According to sources, the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for this year include


1. Exercise
2. Get organized
3. Help Others
4. Lose Weight
5. Learn something new
6. Get out of debt
7. Quit smoking
8. Enjoy life more
9. Quit Drinking
10. Spend more time with family


Does your New Year’s Resolution fall in some of the nation’s top ten? The following are some fun numbers to consider


45: Percentage of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions
10: Amount by which people who fully commit to making resolutions are more successful at keeping them.
1 in 3: Number of people who ditch their vows by the end of January. Top reasons include being too busy or not being committed to their goals in the first place.
66: Percentage of resolvers who set fitness goals as part of their resolutions.
73: Percentage of those who gave up before meeting their goal.
4: The number of times those same people have given up on their fitness resolutions in the past.
7: Percentage by which men are more successful than women at resolving to exercise.
38: Percentage of people who don’t make resolutions in the first place


Where did all this New Year’s Resolution hub-bub come from any Turns out it isn’t a modern day tradition. Dating back over 4,000 years ago Babylonians spent 11 days ringing in the new year, however, in March not January. The ancient Egyptians also celebrated the advent of their new calendar during the annual flood of the Nile River. It wasn’t until Roman Emperor Julius Caesar came to power that the new year was moved to January, in honor of the Roman god of beginnings, Janus.


The origin of making New Year’s resolutions, however, still rest with the Babylonians. The Babylonians were reported to have made promises to the gods in hopes they would earn good favor for the coming year. Their most common resolution … to get out of debt. Four thousand years later, many continue to make the same resolution.


New Year’s resolutions made in Rome were mainly of a moral tone: mostly to be good to others. In the fourth century when the Roman Empire took Christianity as their official state religion, resolutions were replaced with fasting and prayer.


When you woke up this morning … what New Year’s resolution tugged at you? Did you already have a resolution in mind, or will you simply reminisce about the previous year and ponder as to what 2016 will bring you?


Our readers would like to know ... Did you make a resolution in 2015? Did you stick to it for the full year? If not how long did you stick to it? Will you make a resolution this year, if so, what will it be? 


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