Why do we make New Year’s resolutions?

Dec 21, 2017 / By Katherine Rea

Make new year’s resolutions for 2018, because setting goals and trying new things is awesome!

Some fun history: It’s said that the Babylonians were the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, almost 4,000 years ago. In celebrating the new year, they promised to pay back money they owed to other people and return anything they may have borrowed. Fast-forward 2,000 years later to Rome under Julius Caesar: The Romans continued the tradition of resolving to be better each new year in celebrating January, and the god Janus, who could see backwards and forwards at the same time.


Now we use New Year’s resolutions as a way to think about what’s important to us, and what we want to accomplish in the next year. Thinking ahead for 2018…what are some things that you want to try? Think about books you’d like to read, new skills you want to learn, and things you want to invent!

Hint: Download this awesome printable to help plan for 2018!


From all of us here at KiwiCo, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year!