A lot of us will be making New Year's resolutions tonight as we welcome in 2013.

Making resolutions at the start of a new year is a tradition that dates to ancient Rome.

The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. Janus had two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back, so that he could look backward and forward at the same time.

At the dawn of a new year, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.

This is a great time to cut back on stress. Perhaps we'll resolve to lose weight, to pay off debt, to save money, to get a better job. Maybe we'll get a better education.

Those are all personal actions. But let's not just think about ourselves.

Let's resolve to do more to make our community and world a better place. Let's promise to give more to charity or to devote more of our time to local causes.

Perhaps we can all do one small thing every week or every month to make our area a better place to live.

Let's, each of us, pledge to make this the beginning of a healthier, happier, more prosperous year.