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Renew in the New Year

So you want to renew and resolve in the New Year? The new year is a time to let go of the old and ring in the new! A new year’s resolution is a time to reflect upon moments in the past year, ponder on self improvement, and a time to make yearly promises to ourselves and others. We resolve to continue in a positive direction. Each person makes his or her own personal goals, in hopes for a better year.

Some popular goals include improving physical well-being by eating healthy food, losing weight, exercising more, drinking less alcohol, quit smoking, or getting rid of old bad habits. All of us want to improve on our mental well-being by enjoying life more. It’s always great to promise ourselves to laugh more often. As we run in and out of our busy lives, it’s a great idea to slow down and enjoy wonderful friends. Some of us want to become more organized, or work on time management and reduce stress. Staying out of debt is one of the most popular goals of the new year. It is also a great way to reduce stress. Learning something new such as painting, gardening or singing, is a sure way to enjoy personal achievement. Little things, like reading more or doing crossword puzzles is a great way to improve our minds.

The ancient Babylonians started each year by making promises to their Gods by returning borrowed objects and paying their debts. Ancient Romans began their new year by making promises to the God Janus, for whom the month of January is named. Early Knights of the Medieval era, took the “peacock vow” to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. All religions use the new year for self-reflection and improvement. Many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions. Jewish high holidays, including Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, is a time to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. Catholic Lent, is a motivational holiday of sacrifice and responsibility.

One of the greatest ways to improve oneself is through service. By serving others we learn many life skills. Volunteers are always needed to help others. We find ways to improve social skills, enhance social intelligence, and make new friends. During the early 20th century, postcards giving resolution advice were printed in the United States. Some of the advice included helping the poor, by giving service, and charity. Meditation, prayer and spiritual focus were also among the themes of the resolution cards. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon annual self-improvement.

No matter what our resolution, from improving finances, to spending quality family time, or even discovering new foods or new cultures, it is always wonderful to know that the new year brings new ideas and a new start. It’s the time of end and a new beginning to enjoy a refreshing and wonderful new year.

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