With the passing of every year comes the celebration of the next. For some, it is just another year. For others, the passing of 2013 means the opportunity to accomplish new goals with new expectations.
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions has continued in 2014.
The custom of New Year’s resolutions began centuries ago in Babylon, according to history.com, to celebrate the first full moon after each vernal equinox.
Although the tradition began as a way to make a habit out of being morally well rounded, it has grown into an annual phenomenon celebrated around the world.
Some of the most common resolutions include being more organized, saving money, getting a new job, volunteering, quitting a bad habit, sticking with diets and exercising on a consistent basis.
Whether the goal is to lose weight or to save money, millions of Americans make the vow to better themselves on Jan. 1.
In fact, a study performed by the University of Scranton showed that nearly 45 percent of American adults make a resolution each year, and people who explicitly make resolutions each year are 10 times more likely to be successful.
Sophomore Sammi Doone says she makes a resolution every year, but she likes to change it up.
In 2014, she is focused on healthy eating. “I usually stick with my resolutions for a few weeks, but this year I’m determined to make it last,” Doone said.
Doone isn’t the only person focused on revamping her health.
Fitness 19 Manager Mike Frate said his gym gets dozens of new members within the first week of January, but the memberships begin to die down by the beginning of February.
The University of Scranton recognizes the trend of high enrollment rates in January but concludes in a clinical psychology study that only 8 percent of people actually will be successful in reaching their goals.
Senior Emma Altomonte said, “Most resolutions are only successful when you make them in the moment that you want change, you won’t follow through if you’re only doing it because it’s New Year’s Eve and you’re regretful.”
Junior Dan Mallett agreed. He said that he has never been one to make a resolution at the start of the year. “If I wanted to make a change I would make it in that moment. I wouldn’t wait until the first day of the new year,” Mallett said.
The beginning of the year comes with excitement and tradition, and making New Year’s resolutions is a custom that will be seen for years to come.