Mythical King Janus, depicted with two heads on ancient Roman calendars, could look forward and backward and therefore became the symbol of resolutions. It’s no coincidence that January was named for King Janus.
If you’re anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions are usually the same thing – lose weight, spend more quality time with the family, blah blah. In fact, here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions, according to USA.gov:
- Drink less alcohol
- Eat healthier food
- Get a better education
- Get a better job
- Get fit
- Lose weight
- Manage debt
- Manage stress
- Quit smoking
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Save money
- Take a trip
- Volunteer to help others
- Choose resolutions that will make you happier – fix something negative or add something positive.
- Choose concrete, measurable actions to bring change.
- Start small. Be realistic about how much you can achieve in a small period of time and then make small consistent steps.
- Hold yourself accountable. Keep a food, budget, or fitness diary if those are your goals. Join with others and help keep each other accountable. The Happiness Project is one way to connect with people traveling your same path.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne.