The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to ancient Babylon and Rome, with roots in both Judaism and Christianity. The premise is to atone for past transgressions or shortcomings and to publicly commit to improving one’s character, beliefs and actions. The progenitor of modern New Year’s resolutions is Jonathan Edwards, American theologian and grandfather of Aaron Burr. His 1722 collection of 70 resolutions reflects the ethos of the age to incrementally ...

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