New Years Resolutions

Posted by Ward on January 01, 2005

Every year, at this time, there is a rush to define behavior improvements and new commitments and resolutions to correct everything from weight, eating habits, to relations with in-laws. I stopped smoking 15 or so times as a result of these 'resolutions'. (Till it finally worked 20 years ago)
When did this start and is it done all around the English speaking world?