Anza residents share New Year’s resolutions for 2020

Gem Ann Garner says, “I plan to revoke my previous resolution of years ago to not make a New Year’s resolution. I’m allowed to change my mind. To have more adventures with my daughter, take better care of myself, to keep steering clear of the drama loving people I know and to keep reminding myself, it’s not my circus.” Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

As 2020 dawns bright, it promises to be a year of great things. Anza has been all abuzz with New Year’s resolutions from both young and old.

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which people resolve to continue to be good, change something they dislike about themselves, accomplish specific goals, or in some way improve their lives or even the lives of others. Throughout history, promises made to better themselves has been a theme with many peoples and religions.

Babylonians resolved to return borrowed objects and pay their debts, while ancient Romans started the new year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the first month of the year – January – is named.

In medieval times, knights took a vow at the end of the Christmas season each year to reaffirm their dedication to chivalry.

During the Jewish New Year celebration, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur, Jews reflect upon their wrongdoings over the year, seeking and offering forgiveness.

At the end of the Great Depression in the United States, about a quarter of American adults made New Year’s resolutions. By the year 2000, about 40% did. According to the American Medical Association, approximately 40-50% of Americans participated in making New Year’s resolutions.

According to Wikipedia, a study found that 46% of participants who made common New Year’s resolutions were likely to succeed, over 10 times as among those deciding to make life changes at other times of the year.

Making resolutions is fun and can be productive. Having support from family, friends and coworkers can help make those 2020 wishes a reality.

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