With the start of the year comes the determination to make resolutions, and oftentimes, they serve as a roadmap of things people would like to accomplish.
New Year’s traditions date back to 2,000 B.C. in which the ancient Babylonians marked the occasion by returning items borrowed from their neighbors. Then in 154 B.C., the Romans designated January 1 as the first day of the New Year. The two-headed god, Janus, with one head looking back and one head looking forward, became symbolic of the old and the new.
According to statistics from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, about 40 to 45 percent of American adults make resolutions each year and about 67 percent of people make three or more resolutions. Statistics indicate that only 46 percent of people maintain their resolutions six months into the year.

We’ve mapped out five of the most common resolutions and provide some examples of how you can approach them. The key to keeping resolutions is to make them as realistic and specific as possible, so that you don’t end up in the 54 percent of people who disregard their resolutions later in the year.

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http://www.newberlinnow.com/blogs/communityblogs/112759804.html

http://www.43things.com/resolutions/history

http://www.timessquarenyc.org/nye/nye_history.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20101223/lf_ac/7454098_history_of_new_years_resolutions