It’s now been a few months since the warmness of our New Year’s resolutions has worn off and left us feeling a little cold. Some of you are giddy because you have achieved one-time goals or are continuing the new activities you vowed to undertake. Others of you? Not so much. So what separates us when it comes to achieving or staying on track with our resolutions?
How Did We Get Here?
The celebration of a new year has existed since at least the time of the Babylonians approximately 4,000 years ago. These celebrations—religious in nature—occurred initially in March, but various Roman rulers kept changing the start of the calendar until finally, in 153 B.C.E., the Roman Senate adopted January 1 as the beginning of the new year in honor of Janus, the double-headed deity who looked backward and forward. After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, the Church established January 1 as a holy day—in part to counteract the wild celebrations still being thrown by Roman emperors.