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Before Everyone Resolved to Lose Weight: Meaningful Resolutions of Yore - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic

Before Everyone Resolved to Lose Weight Meaningful Resolutions of Yore Olga Khazan The Atlantic


There were calls for "cultivating cheerfulness," "repelling promptly every thought of anxiety," and "using the most up-to-date selling methods."

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And gratitude. Lots and lots of attitude of gratitude.

And compassion.

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."


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