The UMFA Will Make You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Happy 2013!

It’s the dawn of a new year, and I have a good feeling about this one.

My sources tell me that celebrations of the New Year have been going on for at least four millennia. Um, that’s a long time. And while many traditions, such as eating legumes or lighting fireworks (which, by the way, are surprisingly old) have existed for quite a while, I have always been most interested in the practice of making resolutions. It seems New Year’s resolutions date back to the ancient Babylonians, who made promises to start the year off right as a way of appeasing the gods.

"Anacreon, Sappho, Eros and a Female Dancer" by Etienne de Lavalle

“Anacreon, Sappho, Eros and a Female Dancer” by Etienne de Lavalle

According to a recent poll, it seems that the top resolution for 2013 is to read more books. If this sounds like you, let the UMFA help: join our book club!

"St. Catherine of Alexandria." Unknown artist. 1400s.

“St. Catherine of Alexandria.” Unknown artist. 1400s.

The next most popular resolution is to save more money. Again, the UMFA can help! Are you looking for a fun, interesting, and FREE way to spend an afternoon, or maybe more time with the family? Check out this list of our free days at the museum, and most of our events are free for the whole family (check out our events calendar here).

Money purse, North American Indian

Money purse, North American Indian

And rounding out the top three (last, but not least) is losing weight, and getting into a better state of physical health. Well, good news: there’s a good reason you might feel exhausted after walking around a museum–“museum walking”, which involves starting and stopping with each step, does not rely on your body having a built momentum, and instead has to lift itself from zero with each step. So, again, we can help: you can burn a lot of calories slowly walking our halls.

"Ganesha." Unknown artist. 14th century.

“Ganesha.” Unknown artist. 14th century.

So, start 2013 off right–come visit the UMFA!

I for one resolved to start this year out right with a new blog design (coming soon!) So tell us: what are your resolutions?

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