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In one year and out the other

Not all New Year resolutions are doomed to failure; in fact, resolvers are a special lot

These days, new year's resolutions are less a barter with the gods, and more a public display of resolve - especially via social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram... We now fancy ourselves masters of our fate and captains of our souls, with immutable willpower.

WHILE "new year, new me" declarations may seem kind of hokey, the making of new year's resolutions is actually a time-honoured, sacred practice. The ancient Babylonians - the first people to record celebrations in honour of the new year - are believed to have started the tradition over 4,000...