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A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins.

Like many traditions, New Year’s resolutions have a long and interesting history.

New Year’s was first celebrated 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. Although the Babylonians did not have a written calendar, historians determined that they observed the start of the new year in late March with the arrival of the spring season.

The month of January is named for the Roman god Janus. The ancient Romans imagined Janus as a two-faced god: one facing forward and one facing back. This symbolized his ability to look forward and backward at the same time. Janus was the guardian of arches, gates, doors, beginnings and endings.

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions began during the reign of Caesar. At the time, New Year’s resolutions were of a moral nature, such as being kind to others.

If you would like to make a New Year’s resolution this year, here are some options to consider. According to Google they were on the top of the list for 2021:

  • Focus on improving your health. …
  • Look after your finances. This can include getting your Will done!…
  • Pursue an aspiration. …
  • Invest in your relationships. …
  • Look after your mental health. …
  • Live more sustainably. …
  • Disconnect from your phone. …
  • Read more books.


Remember that it takes work to keep a New Year’s resolution. Don’t worry if you slip up once or twice. If you stay committed to what you want to accomplish, you’ll be proud of yourself in the end. And you’ll be a better person at the end of the year than you were at the beginning!


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This material is for general information and educational purposes only. Information is based on data gathered from what we believe are reliable sources. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, does not purport to be complete and is not intended to be used as a primary basis for investment decisions.