It turns out that the Babylonians started the New Years Resolutions (when New Years was in March) in an effort to appease the Gods. And the Romans under Caeser created January 1 as the New Years Day and the resolutions continued.
Fast forward to Puritan times and it became a religous quest to improve themselves.
But in modern times approximately 44% create big New Years resolutions but supposedly only 8% keep their resolutions.
So why do so many people keep creating unachievable resolutions? Is this an exercise in futility? Are we just gluttons for punishment and guilt over failing to keep our resolutions more than 3-10 days?