New year's resolutions
It's estimated that the majority of people who make New Year's resolutions quit them by March. Will yours stick?

The crazy year of 2016 has finally come to a close, leaving many of us breathing a sigh of relief. As we look back on the past 12 months, there were plenty of reasons to feel disillusioned. From the toxic political climate, to the slew of tragic terrorist attacks, to the passing of many of our favorite celebrities, 2016 made the record books for all the wrong reasons. However, with the New Year now upon us, there is a chance for a fresh start. 2017 offers an opportunity to move forward and work for a brighter future, both for society as a whole and for us as individuals.

What better way to start anew than by making a New Year's resolution? We'd love to hear what you're planning to do differently in 2017. Share your resolutions through the interactive poll below, and vote for your favorite one!

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History of Resolutions

New Year's resolutions have a long history. In fact, some historians date their origins all the way back some 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylonian times. The Babylonians were the first people to record holding celebrations to welcome in the new year. During each celebration, they would make promises or resolutions to the gods for that upcoming year. If they followed through on their promises, the Babylonians believed they would receive favor from the gods. Failing to follow through, however, meant bad luck for the future.

Resolutions Today

These days, New Year's resolutions no longer have the same religious connotation. While some prayers may be said to higher beings, the practice of making resolutions is largely a secular one. Instead of promising things to the gods, we set goals for ourselves things like losing weight, quitting smoking, or finally going back to school. It's probably a good thing the gods are no longer involved, because most of us would be cursed with bad luck studies show that while 45 percent of Americans choose to make New Year's resolutions, fewer than 8 percent actually achieve the stated goals. In fact, it's estimated that the majority of people who make New Year's resolutions quit them by March.

Our Resolutions

In the spirit of the occasion, we have set a couple of goals to guide us in the year 2017.

Be more open-minded:

There is far too much divisiveness in the world today. As human beings we are all in this together, yet the many barriers to civil discussion prevent us from unifying to reach common goals. We could all benefit from being open to opposing ideas doing so will allow us to better understand each other and create opportunities to work together.

Stand up for what we believe in:

While we will continue our search to understand all sides of every issue, we will not compromise on our core belief that we are all children of the same universe. All people, and all belief systems, are equal and ought to be treated so. In this respect, the ULC will always stand up against injustice in the world.


  1. I am Rev.Dr.Yanel J. Laroche Jr..And Priscilla the Chastity the female archangel in his soul.'s Avatar I am Rev.Dr.Yanel J. Laroche Jr..And Priscilla the Chastity the female archangel in his soul.

    Rev.Dr.Yanel J. Laroche Jr.: I am a black American U.S. citizen ordained through Universal Life Church Ministries that wants to make a resolution for 2017.That is, to find a way to make money in book sells for my book: "My Rhyming Love Poems".I can talk and write in rhymes daily without memorizing anything.And I never made a donation online nor a book sell while talking in rhymes on for many weeks. I am also a victim of theft.

    Priscilla the Chastity the female archangel: My resolution is to get my daddy Rev.Dr.Yanel J. Laroche Jr. to keep shaving daily really.And to never grow a beard nor a mustache on our face again. I am a female ghost in his soul called Priscilla the Chastity the female archangel. And I can also talk in rhymes anytime I want. Me and my daddy are a talented spiritual poet that love summoning spirits that poeticize and rhyme too. Why do so many Americans think my husband Rev.Dr.Yanel J. Laroche Jr. does illegal drugs when he doesn't? He can always talk in rhymes because he is a talented poet that was always drug-free. Amen.

    1. Valorie Mahas's Avatar Valorie Mahas

      I learned many years ago that making multiple New Years Resolutions is almost a guannteed failure. As people bite off more they can chew, causing anger and frustration. What I did was write down 12 resolutions on paper and put them into a jar. At the beginning of the month you pick one and focus on that one while you still have the previous resolution on board and doing that one as well. That way of doing it has sure worked for me! Valorie Mahas RN

    2. Janice J's Avatar Janice J

      This is very odd and a bit scary

  1. Maiane santo santos's Avatar Maiane santo santos

    I made a resolution 50 or more years ago, n

  1. biblical scholar's Avatar biblical scholar

    I have a few resolutions this year that I am actively going to try to achieve. First, as President Obama is leaving office, I will be reflecting on how many lives were touched by him and his administration. He has done phenomenal things for our great country and I can only hope that the next...person...that was voted in can pick up the torch and really run with it (as optimistic as that sounds). I would also like to rebuild some of the bridges that I have burned with my family and get to know my siblings better. 2017 will be the year that I finally go full vegan. I have been dancing around it for quite some time, however I feel that this year I need to drastically change my life. The black lives matter movement has really started to pick up momentum so I am hoping that as a fellow minority, I can find a way to become more involved with fighting for equal rights for ALL of us, not just the privileged few.

    1. David's Avatar David

      There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. Peace to you my brother!

    2. Denise's Avatar Denise

      You are not a minority. You are a person. We are all people, here, living on the same Earth. I personally Support "Safe Space America", All lives matter, HRC,(human rights campaign), and Animal Rights. (I only adopt/rescue, my pets). And have been "In the same boat" as you, trying to reconnect with family...

  1. biblical scholar's Avatar biblical scholar

    2017 will be a big year of CHANGE for me. Hopefully with the reapeal of Obamacare and fewer leeches on the system, I can finally get treatment for my arthritic hands. I'm hoping to become employed this year as well, I was semi-retired but with my tax dollars supporting so many dope smoking black lives matter activists I'm going to have to work part time.

    Finally I hope I can find it within myself to forgive my son who has taken a path that is unholy, unrighteous and unsavory. I pray he can repent, but if he cannot I hope I can find the strength to let him back into my life and my home.

    1. Zen Charlie's Avatar Zen Charlie

      It is evident you are hurting. I hope you find some peace.

    2. Sundai Barahona Lawrence's Avatar Sundai Barahona Lawrence

      I can see that you are truly a Christian...How sad and how truly ignorant of you to think that Black Lives Matter activists are dope smokers..You call others leeches while knocking them out the way so you can have your turn at the trough- your arthritis is so much more important than other folks illnesses.You sicken me.

      1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

        Both of these statements are representations of Christian hypocrisy...

    3. Cathi Fleet Robinson's Avatar Cathi Fleet Robinson

      Sadly, Obamacare, officially called the Affordable Care Act, is the only way to receive healthcare. The incoming administration wants to take that away. You might like to research this so you are aware of the facts. The activists you are referring to are actually simply trying to find equality for all people of all colors and all faiths... we are all children of God and we all deserve compassion. Those suffering from addiction also need our help. May God bless you and all people walking our shared planet.

      1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

        Much more mature statement; thank you Cathi...

  1. Jacinta Patrick's Avatar Jacinta Patrick

    Abbess Jessie


    What a Wonderful year 2017 - With radiant health and strength from God, I will continue to be a Servant for Almighty God, a Counsellor to those who encounter mistreatment in the Universe, and to continue to feed the homeless.

  1. Jon Terhune's Avatar Jon Terhune

    Appreciate the beauty of Creation in her smallest of her details.. Remember that the goodness and Love are eternal.

    1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

      This is what I have ALWAYS done... beautifully said.

  1. Christy's Avatar Christy

    Hmmm started year in reflection with Shingles. Slow down, do the things that bring Joy in my world.

  1. Keasha Acosta's Avatar Keasha Acosta

    My new year's resolution is to put in motion the process of getting a major surgery. I am going to quit smoking and start dieting and exercise and saving up the money I need to cover the $1500 deductable. Most of all I am going to start praying and mending my relationship with our Lord and savior.

    1. Janet Cobb's Avatar Janet Cobb

      Amen, heavenly Father touch this your child and bring all to pass that she desires in her heart dear Lord. Right now in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen. Have a blessed day sister in Christ.

  1. Monica Gaskin's Avatar Monica Gaskin

    I have to attune my ears to God's voice in order to hear him. Sometimes he speaks through people i would not chose to follow an he often says things that i'm not expecting to hear. But he will provide me with solutions to my problems if i'm willing to listen to him through whomever he put before me.

  1. Julia Garritano's Avatar Julia Garritano

    to learn more from each suffering and each experience that is given to me and adquiere wisdome to be able to help others

  1. Janet Cobb's Avatar Janet Cobb

    To become stronger and bolder in my walk with Christ. To become more sinsnsitive to the needs of my fellow Christians who are hurting so bad until their light is dim. To seek the wisdom of the ways of God. This is my prayers for the New year.

  1. Caroline Wells's Avatar Caroline Wells

    I want to take better care of myself and my health.

  1. Pamela's Avatar Pamela

    As a minister in the UK I will make it a point to tell one person a day just how much they light up my life for just being in it.

  1. George Gibson's Avatar George Gibson

    At the end of last year our slate was wiped clean this is a new year to do all we can do for Jesus and his purpose I want to be the best warrior for my Lord that I can be I want to be able to help family friends and anyone that comes in contact with me or I with them to see Jesus only Jesus God is great God is good all the time and all the time God is good and God is great remember to love Jesus first and all other things will come easy the slate I'm talking about is not one of the world it is one of your spiritual Walk With Jesus and when I said it was wiped clean I did not mean that God doesn't remember it I meant that God has put it aside as another year and gives us 2017 2 do better for Jesus so at the end of 2017 or so it will be clean it will not have as many bad marks on it because just like any resolution that you try to do in a new year you will often fail a good way not to feel for Jesus is to read the Bible and pray then pray then pray then pray then pray some more and read your Bible may God bless Anyone who reads this and remember to always love Jesus

    1. Rachel's Avatar Rachel


  1. Arvel Bird's Avatar Arvel Bird

    My resolution for the year 2017 is to be the Mastery of love. In 2016 my goal was to live without fear and I achieve that. The greatest goal of all is to Live From The Heart Center.

  1. Mary A. Price's Avatar Mary A. Price

    Also I plan to be more active in advancing issues of importance, and to try to build a more well-informed electorate.

  1. Wen's Avatar Wen

    Every year I adopt a word. This year my word is "grace"

    1. Cathi Fleet Robinson's Avatar Cathi Fleet Robinson

      beautiful but let us all be gracious in defending acys against others...



  1. Chris Auchey's Avatar Chris Auchey

    My resolution is to see that all of Pennsylvania recognises ulc ministers and there ordinations and the ulc as a whole and have all ulc ordonations become legal in all of Pennsylvania.

  1. MrsRevB's Avatar MrsRevB

    I wish to learn better self care and stop being my worst critic.

  1. Cathi Fleet Robinson's Avatar Cathi Fleet Robinson

    We must all stop staying to be a better Christian as if others of faith are not "good" - let's say become better human beings... our society depends upon our goodness and acts to defend all people... we must all learn to become more enlightened about our words and stand against ALL bigotry and all actions against our freedoms as our democracy is in jeopardy. REAL news matters and being real matters...

    1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

      Wonderfully put, Cathi!

  1. Darryll's Avatar Darryll

    All this religious stuff is not really good as this is what places division amongst races and classes of people. Goal for this year 2017 is o focus on me and the people in and around my camp site. If everyone cleans up their area there would be peace as the homes would be fine the neighbourhoods, the communities, the cities the country, and finally the world.... However all this will never be achieved because we each have a capitalistic mind and it comes at the expense of others... Every religion out there was only created for the control of certain bodies and to create the so called peace and harmony, but what it has created is war both internally (Spiritually) and externally that is today we fight each other..... If I had my wish I want to be a billionaire to feel the live they feel ... It is sad that the 1% rich people of the world control us the 99% common and poor people and yet it should be the other way round.... People catch a wakeup you see what they want us to see only Get your eyes open to what is really going on and this is total destruction at the moment....

  1. REV. DAILY's Avatar REV. DAILY

    My wish for the new year is to be able to obtain a ministers job in a church some where in California to be able to reach others for salvation in Jesus Christ. If any one knows of a church that needs a pastor or lead or other pastor please contact me at Pstmike.daily@icloud .com

  1.'s Avatar

    I want to renew my federal Champlin license. Is expired and unable to contact the ministry who provides. International Mission Love & Holiness Inc. From New Jersey .

  1. Rev. Phillip Whaley's Avatar Rev. Phillip Whaley

    I have bee, given a strong desire to start or lead a church looking for a pastor. but I have never done this and only have little exp. in any of what it takes. So I need help. Is there any thing you can do to help?

  1. Cathi Fleet Robinson's Avatar Cathi Fleet Robinson

    always begin with deep love and faith toward ALL people, for ALL people and with ALL people... true integrity matters...

  1. James Jr Taylor's Avatar James Jr Taylor

    Being our young people closer to God is just one of the many resolution I have for 2017. Preparing myself for the next purpose that God has called me to do. Letting go and move on from those whom God has called me to go to and minister to. For according to 2 Timothy, God has already told me that many shall turn away from the word of God. yet continue to preach both in season and out of season.

  1. Dr. Oscar Castellanos's Avatar Dr. Oscar Castellanos

    I am quitting my participation in the murder of animals on earth by not eating them, I have sense last year stopped eating 1 animal each year until im animal free . This is my way of showing Our creator that I love all his creations. I also vow to take better care of myself and my family. One more thing I promise to inform everyone I encounter with the truth about mankind and this earth puddle we call home. Yours truly Dr. Oscar Castellanos

  1. Larry Dey's Avatar Larry Dey

    To be more active and enjoy nature more

  1. Rene's Avatar Rene

    I want to laugh more and see the good in all things. Also seek God in every aspect of my life

    1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

      Think of Him, in ALL you do; thereby, you will laugh more and see the good in all things. -Dennel

  1. Jan Ellen Berry's Avatar Jan Ellen Berry

    My 2017 is a challenge to change my direction and to make a better life and it is all on Jesus and others and to do His Will :

    1. Jan Ellen Berry's Avatar Jan Ellen Berry

      Thanks for comments !

  1. Donna Maben.'s Avatar Donna Maben.

    2017 is going to be great. I'm going to step aside and allow God to take control of my life. Follow Jesus as did his disciples and teach Love for one another. Heal the Sick and allow the Holy Spirit to teach me all things.

  1. middlegroundministries's Avatar middlegroundministries

    I resolve to pass my Doctoral Qualifying Exam next month! (Pastoral Community Counseling Doctorate Degree) -Dennel B Tyon

  1. nostrabobus's Avatar nostrabobus

    As a general rule, I don't make resolutions - since every day is a new day. That said, I do usually take the week between Christmas and New Years to spend time in self-reflection (above and beyond those moments that call for it). This year's "non" resolution? Not to sweat the 'old' habits that might be weighing me down, and instead, develop 'new' habits that will take me in the direction in life I want to go. It's not always easy, but it has been liberating. A fun thread to start, thanks.

  1. George E.Maxwell ll's Avatar George E.Maxwell ll

    Hello my sister's &brothers I am sorry I was unavailable to participate in all I just read our father had a test in faith for me, 3 months in the hospital, losing every thing I had including my home and temporary loss of my legs,homelessness, loss of my only surviving relative, but ya know I had know fear or question why cause I know HE WILL NEVER GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE!! So I am trying to get back some of it but im not worrying about it HIS WILL i will always be a loyal and fathful servant! I would like to ask how i might be able to get another copy of my ordination certificate or how I can get something to show people that I AM A MAN OF GOD AND EVEN THOUGH I MAY NOT LOOK LIKE ONE ITS NOT THERE JOB TO JUDGE THE MESSENGER THAT'S GODS JOB! Thank you all and MAY GOD BLESS EVERY ONE NO MATTER WHAT! Amen... Pastor George E.Maxwell ll -

  1. William Robert Crilley's Avatar William Robert Crilley

    I realize this an old article,but went to add to the conversation. It's not a resolution persay, but I call it a pledge. This year 2022 I pledged to myself that I will attend to my home, paperwork, family, obligations and duties 100%. I will not put something off to tomorrow. I will fill my day with meaningful tasks and work tirelessly at improving my life, health and welfare of my family.

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