Laugh more. Eat healthy foods. Stop biting the fingernails. Get a better job. In January many of us make resolutions to guide our actions into the new year. However, over the years resolutions have become more superficial and appearance-oriented than in previous times. A typical New Year’s resolution in the late 19th century was based on good works — to become focused on others, a more giving person or a more industrious worker — and less on body image or possessions.