New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2


New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2

Some popular resolutions are:[

Popular resolution

  • Promise to donate to charities more often
  • Try to become more assertive
  • Strive to be more environmentally responsible.
  • Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weightexercise more, eat better, drink less alcoholquit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
  • Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
  • Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments
  • Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
  • Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents
  • Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpymanage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
  • Take a trip
  • Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization
  • Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence
  • Make new friends
  • Spend quality time with family members
  • Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids
  • Pray more, be more spiritual
  • Be more involved in sports or different activities
  • Spend less time on social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr etc.)

Success rate

35% of participants who failed their New Year’s Resolutions admitted they had unrealistic goals, 33% of participants didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions. [

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail,[10] despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”).

(Information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

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New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life

Religious origins

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.[

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.[

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.[

At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions. This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People can act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year’s resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

Participation

At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did.[5] In fact, according to the American Medical Association, approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participated in the New Year’s resolution tradition from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls.  A study found 46% of participants who made common New Year’s resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were likely to succeed, over ten times as among those deciding to make life changes at other times of the year.

(Information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )


NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONAL MEALS

NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONAL MEALS

Most New Year’s traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year. Many parts of the United States observe the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Auld Lang Syne: “Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

According to popular folklore, if these foods are eaten on New Year’s Day, they guarantee good luck throughout the year. Peas or beans symbolize coins or wealth. Choose traditional black-eyed peas, lentils or beans to make a dish seasoned with porkham or sausage. Greens resemble money, specifically folding money.

Pork and sauerkraut is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead. … Part superstition and part tradition, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is like a Pennsylvania Dutch-style insurance policy for the new year. It is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead.

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Cabbage has many good points, and a context that dates back before recorded history. It always has been an inexpensive vegetable, an even more compelling virtue these days. Wrapped in plastic, a head of cabbage will last two or three weeks in the refrigerator, or four if you don’t mind peeling off a yellow outer leaf or two.

Cook cabbage for New Year’s and you find yourself richer in the coming year. I grew up in a New Orleans Southern family eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. My family also always had cooked cabbage as part of our New Year’s meal. My mom and aunt said it will bring the person that eats it money in the coming year. At the time, I thought it was just to get us kids to eat the stinky smelling cabbage. Although both ladies were very good cooks and the cabbage dish very tasty, it was rather smelly as it was being cooked. It turns out that cabbage is actually very good for you!

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Cabbage is really good for you. Raw, it’s got lots of vitamin C, plus potassium, iron and calcium. Red cabbage has more fiber and even more of the above-mentioned minerals, while Savoy and Napa cabbage have lots of vitamin A. Bok choy has even more vitamin A, 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance.

Red cabbage is loaded with beneficial phytochemicals. Cabbage (and sauerkraut) also fight cancer, along with the other members of the cruciferous family, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts and collard greens. The National Cancer Institute includes cabbage among foods with high cancer-fighting powers, and notes two compounds. One helps protect against breast cancer and another helps detoxify carcinogens. And, it has been shown that people who consume lots of cabbage generally have lower rates of colon cancer.

(Information from history.com)