What does new year's resolution mean?

A New Year's resolution is a promise you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. A firm decision made on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day to do or refrain from doing something over the course of the next year. It is commonly believed that the New Year's resolution began in ancient Babylon more than 4,000 years ago in an attempt to appease its gods. To achieve weight loss as a New Year's resolution, consistency and making small changes are key, for example, if you're trying to lose weight and decide to become a vegetarian to help you achieve it, you'll want to consider whether this is going to be a drastic change for you.

But while New Year's resolutions can be notoriously fickle and prone to failure, there are believed to be certain steps to successfully meeting goals. New Year's Eve is the highlight of the holiday season and a time best savored when you're surrounded by friends, family, and festivities. A big problem with making stress reduction your New Year's resolution is that it's so abstract that you can't just swear to relax without being more specific. Barbara Santini, psychologist, sexual and relationship counselor, believes that the Babylonians went before their gods with promises waiting for favors in the New Year.

In Brazil, people wear white to symbolize their hopes for good luck and peace for the new year. In Switzerland, it is traditional to drop a spoonful of cream on the floor to bring a happy new year. The psychologist added that starting with small, specific and concrete habits can be key to maintaining a New Year's resolution. New Year's resolution is a kind of grand, glorified, long-term goal that people, for social reasons, tend to start on the first day of the calendar year.

One of the biggest mistakes people make at the beginning of the year is that they establish a New Year's resolution that is too difficult or too big to keep.

Nikki Gleisner
Nikki Gleisner

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