Having read several articles about New Year’s Resolutions over the years I’ve been able to coalesce all that I’ve learned into the following recommendations:


-Always make New Year’s resolutions. If your goal is self-improvement in any form having specific resolutions will help you stick to that and give you a marker to work from.


-Never make New Year’s resolutions. If your goal is self-improvement in any form having specific resolutions will just frustrate you and distract you from what you need to do.


-Share your New Year’s resolutions with others, especially friends who will help you remember what your resolutions are and keep you on track.


-Keep your New Year’s resolutions private. Sharing your goals can actually have the effect of making you feel like you’ve already accomplished something, making you less likely to finish what you started. Your friends also have their own resolutions and forcing them to remember yours just makes you a jerk.


-Make your New Year’s resolutions realistic and attainable. Setting goals that you’re unlikely to meet is just going to harm your self-esteem, making you even less likely to accomplish anything.


-Set lofty, seemingly unobtainable goals for yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t accomplish these goals but even incremental steps toward something grand can help your self-esteem.


-The practice of New Year’s resolutions started in ancient China. Also ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, prehistoric Ireland, the Mayans, western Africa, and Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1932.


-The first modern record of a New Year’s resolution is from Peterborough, England, on January 1st, 1802. George Critten put a notice in the Peterborough Times that he had resolved to take a bath once a week.

-The first modern record of a New Year’s resolution being broken is from Peterborough, England, on January 3rd, 1802, when George Critten reportedly declared the River Nene “bloody frozen”. He would eventually take a bath in the summer of 1809.


-Create a reminder, either by writing it on a calendar or on a phone or other device, to remind you throughout the year of your resolutions so you’ll stay on track.

-Keep your resolutions in your head. If they’re really that important you won’t need reminders.


-Beryllium in its pure form tastes sweeter than sugar. It’s also incredibly toxic. However since it’s relatively rare on Earth and is never found naturally in its pure state our taste receptors never evolved to recognize it as a poison. This was in an article about New Year’s resolutions. I don’t remember what it had to do with them but I thought it was interesting and I’m pretty sure I missed everything else the article was about because I was so busy wondering who looked at some pure beryllium, which is silvery and crystalline, and said, “I should lick that.”


Johnny Karate: Always remember, kids: When you find something new, you must always lick it before you eat it.

Carpenter Ron: That is incorrect in a number of ways.

Source: Nesflix

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  1. M.L. James

    I resolve to remind you to print this every new year’s from now on. Then my resolutions are done. This is brilliant! Also, it’s good I don’t have access to beryllium. I get cranky once I run out of Christmas candy. Lord only knows what I’d do if beryllium was available! Mona

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      There are various places you can purchase beryllium but I’d recommend against it. On the other hand beryl jewelry is quite nice and comes in an astounding range of designs. Just don’t eat it.


    One of my resolutions is to read your blog whenever I can. But I’m not going to tell anybody that.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I resolve to go with whatever works and I resolve to keep coming to your blog too.


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