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Out With the Old, In With the New

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch

Resolve – To reach a firm decision about

Resolution – Something that is resolved

2013.  A new year.  Time for reflection on the year behind us and for looking ahead to the possibilities that lay ahead.

In 2000 B.C., Babylonians would mark the beginning of the new year by paying off debt and returning borrowed goods.

Romans would begin the year by making resolutions of good conduct to Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, for whom the month of January is named.

Today, 45 percent of all Americans celebrate the new year by making resolutions.  Unfortunately, most of us have trouble keeping them; 25% fail after just the first week!

Among the most common resolutions are:  to lose weight/get in shape, manage stress, get organized, quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, and to save money.

Here at the library, we have many books that can help motivate you to keep your resolution.  For example:

Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food – Christine Avanti

Thinner This Year – Chris Crowley

One Year to An Organized Life – Regina Leeds

Good Stress, Bad Stress – Barry Lenson

How to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight – Bess Marcus

Controlling Your Drinking – William R. Miller

The Debt-Free Spending Plan – JoAnne Nagler

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky

The Complete Credit Repair Kit – Brette McWhorter Sember

How to Organize (Just About) Everything – Peter Walsh


Come check them out and be one of those few that actually keeps their new year’s resolution.  Good luck!

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