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New Year’s Resolutions…Whose Idea Was This?

New Year’s Resolutions…Whose idea was this?


We’re now a few weeks in to 2018 and how are your new years resolutions holding up? More importantly, why do we always do this to ourselves each year?


Actually, the ancient Babylonians, 4,000 years ago! According to, they also held celebrations in honor of the new year, which began when they planted their crops in mid-March.


“During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions. If the Babylonians kept their word, their gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor-a place no one wanted to be.


Of those who make resolutions in this day and age, it is estimated that only 8% actually keep them. Instead of making promises to gods who could punish us if we did not keep our word, we make mostly self- improvement promises only to ourselves. I can’t help but wonder what the success rate was for the Babylonians!


So, if you did decide to make resolutions, how can you be successful in keeping them?


Dr. Roberta Andling, registered dietician and nutrition professor at Baylor College of Medicine recommends:


“When setting goals for a new year, make them health-related. This is your most important 401K, investing in your body and your sense of well-being.”


She further reminds us that while we can view the New Year as a new beginning, each day gives us the same opportunity.


I hope you had a great start to your new year and I’m always available to help you make it a Healthy one!


Dr. Hilton


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