How resolutions became associated with the New Year is a mystery, but certainly easy to understand. In the Western tradition of darkness giving way to light, it is easy to envision a new beginning or a "starting over". In contrast, the Asian tradition for the New Year has more to do with luck and giving money.
Judging from the "Occupy the Gym" movement on January 1, and later, weight loss and replacing flab with muscle is a resolution made by many. Fewer persons seem to make good driving resolutions, but this blogger did notice a few less drivers texting and a few more with those "hands free" gizmo's in their ears (Xmas presents?). Again, a few persons were noted to be more polite and patient while waiting in line at the bank and grocery store.
What did this blogger resolve? He resolved to do "portion control" while eating, to save money while purchasing used instead of new, to ride his bike more instead of driving his car, to not drink more than one bottle of wine at a sitting, to increase his support for unknown charities, and to always blog the truth.
He expects to keep his resolutions far longer than the legions clogging his gym machines and lap lanes in the next month!