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12 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2018 Happy New Year to all! I hope each of us, whether or not we resolve to do something new in the New Year, will have a fantastic 2018! As the New Year is moving ahead, some of us are accustomed to thinking about new goals, personally or professionally, and resolv- ing to achieve them. This custom of New Year's resolutions, according to The Economist, dates to the Baby- lonian festival of Akitu, which occurred around 2000 B.C., and celebrated the renewal of life. It marked the begin- ning of the agrarian year. During Akitu, people keen to curry favors with the Gods would promise to repay their debts and to return borrowed objects they had in their possession. Since then, individu- als and groups from various cultures have resolved to renew allegiances or set new goals each New Year. According to polls, around half the population of Britain and America make resolutions—though fewer than 10% keep them. Well, with that, are you in that 50% and then the subsequent 10%? In the context of New Year's resolutions, I particularly appreciated some wise words from The Wall Street Journal's column (December 30-31, 2017) entitled, "Set the Bar High for Your 2018 Resolutions." "Listening to what some- one else is saying without hearing what you already think is one of the hardest challenges for human mind. When you listen, listen as if your life depends on it. Otherwise, you will just hear your own words coming out of some- one else's mouth." These words couldn't be truer! I wholeheart- edly concur. The article refreshes and energizes the mind, as well as offers some humble tonic—a good start of a new year! A book on the same topic, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, is also thought- provoking. It ex- plains how we can keep our New Year's resolutions to be healthier, happier and more produc- tive. New research on timing can help, from when to exer- cise to the best time to do focused work. Timing is really a science. Researchers in various fields have been unearthing the hidden science of timing. In randomized controlled experiments, field studies, and the analysis of massive data sets, the select questions that New Year Resolutions and Best Wishes SMT Prospects & Perspectives by Dr. Jennie S. Hwang, CEO, H-TECHNOLOGIES GROUP

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