A popular string of recent resolutions: stop doing all the stupid dances from Fortnite. (Fortnite is a video game that showcased such moves as the floss.)
The first culture to make New Year’s Resolutions were the ancient Babylonians. They also were considered the first to hold celebrations honoring a new year and held a 12 day religious festival known as Akitu. During this time, they would make promises to the Gods and, if they kept their word that entire year, the Pagan Gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. Not following your promise would mean bad luck, or falling out of favor with the Gods. Later on, the Romans and many cultures around the world held to similar practices.
The early Christians were credited with the thought of contemplating past mistakes and resolving to do better for the future. Nowadays, we don’t make promises to the Gods, we make resolutions to ourselves on how to improve our lives. Unfortunately, we tend to make resolutions that are unrealistic or that take awhile to accomplish which causes us to become discouraged and give up easily. In fact, only 8% of folks who make NYE resolutions stick to them.
While the popular ideas are to lose weight, stop smoking, spend more time with friends and family, make more money and try to be nicer, not everyone has a typical wish for the coming year. Take a look at some of the more strange, and humorous, resolutions folks have made to commemorate a fresh year!