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What's your New Year's resolution?

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The New Year brings the mentality of a fresh start for many. For some, it is a time to make resolutions such as too lose those extra pounds or quit bad habits such as smoking.

The New Year's resolution is not a modern phenomenon as some may think. Historians say the Babylonians during the First Century B.C. used to make sure debts were paid and neighbor's items were returned at the start of their year.

One study suggests the popularity of making New Year's resolutions have increased over the past century growing from about a quarter of the American population during the Great Depression to about 40 percent at the turn of the millennium.

The University of Brisol during a 2007 study showed that of 3,000 participants in the study survived, 88 percent did not or would not follow through on their New Year's resolution.

Some of the most popular resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, drinking less, stopping smoking, getting a new job and getting finances in order.

Tell us what you think: Are you making a New Year's resolution and if so, what is your resolution? Did you make one last year and did you follow through with it? Go to facebook.com/FOX5Atlanta to leave your comment.

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