Ok everyone. 2017 is here! Another year has gone by, and we’re ready to start fresh. Tis’ the season for the (in)famous New Year’s Resolution. The tradition of the New Year’s Resolution dates back to ancient times. Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts¹. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named². 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 chivalry³. The list goes on.
In today’s modern times, we commit to rid ourselves of a vice, lose weight, be nicer to our families, work harder–you name it. The question is, for all the time we have dedicated over the years to this age-old tradition, are New Year’s Resolutions actually effective?
The good news is they can be, but not without some work. Here are a few tips and tricks to make this year’s resolution one that will stick.
By: Aliza Cooper, LMFT PCS Staff Therapist
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