Before Everyone Resolved to Lose Weight: Meaningful Resolutions of Yore - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic
Geege Schuman stashed this in 2014
There were calls for "cultivating cheerfulness," "repelling promptly every thought of anxiety," and "using the most up-to-date selling methods."
And gratitude. Lots and lots of attitude of gratitude.
From simpler times:
New Year's postcards from the early 1900s, for example, reveal a touchier, feelier time for goal-setting, encouraging their recipients to dedicate themselves to living a "sincere and serene life" and "repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking." Others said to smile when you "fall down and out" or to simply keep a diary.
Swearing off vices such as foul language and flirting might also have been popular, judging from the cartoonist Walter McDougall's “Old Mr. Profanity Makes a New Year's Resolution," from 1903, as well as a 1911 cigarette ad suggesting men "Stop kissing other peoples' girls."