When Was the First New Year’s Resolution?


New Year’s resolutions have existed since the early 19th century, and perhaps as far back as the late 17th century. Not only were people making resolutions 200 years ago, but they were also breaking them and using them as excuses for bad behavior before the New Year, much like today.

Who Made the First New Year’s Resolution?

The ancient Babylonians

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted.

What Are the Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions?

Looking at the most common resolutions, health is a clear thread running through most of them. Almost half said they wanted to exercise more in 2022, while eating healthier and losing weight were also the choice of 4 in ten respondents.

What Started New Year’s Resolution?

The first New Year’s resolutions date back over 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon. The Babylonians are said to have started the tradition during Akitu, a 12-day New Year celebration.

Who Changed New Years January 1st?

Julius Caesar

In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar ordered a calendar consisting of twelve months based on a solar year. This calendar employed a cycle of three years of 365 days, followed by a year of 366 days (leap year). When first implemented, the “Julian Calendar” also moved the beginning of the year from March 1 to January 1.

How Many Fail New Year’s Resolutions?

Of those who make a New Year’s resolution, after 1 week 75% are still successful in keeping it. After two weeks, the number drops to 71%. After 1 month, the number drops again to 64%.

New Year’s resolution of Americans for 2022

About 23 percent of Americans wanted to start 2022 by living healthier, which was the most popular New Year’s resolution. In addition, personal improvement or happiness was the year’s resolution for 21 percent of Americans.

Did You Know Facts About New Year’s Resolutions?

Only about 8% of people do actually keep their resolutions for the year. Most of them have a plan! Those that do make a New Year’s resolution are ten times more likely to achieve their goals when they vocalize their plans and ideas. Those who do not vocalize the goal as a New Year’s resolution, often fail.

What Is the Most Common Resolution?

According to the Worldwide Screen Resolution Stats (Sept 2021 – Sept 2022), the most common screen resolutions across mobile, desktop, and tablet are: 1920×1080 (9.94%) 1366×768 (6.22%) 360×640 (5.88%).

Why Are New Year’s Resolutions Pointless?

The psychology behind New Year’s resolutions is faulty. Resolutions can’t lead to sustainable behavior change because they are not constructed in a way that harnesses motivation and turns it into action and change.

How Do You Explain New Year’s Resolution to a Child?

If your child is old enough to write, he or she should write down their accomplishments and goals, and you can help your younger child by writing theirs down. Resolutions for the entire family might include taking a monthly hike, playing board games twice a month or committing to more volunteering activities.

What Is the Number One New Year’s Resolution in America?

According to a Statista study of 1,500 Americans, the top three resolutions for 2021 were exercising more, losing weight and saving more money. Fifty percent of respondents said they were focused on exercising more, 48% said they wanted to lose weight and 44% said they wanted to save more money.


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