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YOU want the good news or the bad news? Good news first: 2017 is al­most over. We made it. The bad news is that means 2018 is com­ing and there’s no rea­son to be­lieve it will be any bet­ter. Trump still has the nu­clear codes, Theresa still has to de­liver Brexit, and it doesn’t look like James Cor­den is go­ing to re­tire any time soon. Still, we can at least try and start 2018 right. How? By mak­ing a long and im­pos­si­ble-to-carry out list of New Year’s res­o­lu­tions of course: Lose weight, travel more, save money, learn French! Be­fore you do though, an­swer this: what was your res­o­lu­tion this time last year? Ex­actly.

In­stead of mak­ing a res­o­lu­tion, I think I might just try and stick with the things that worked in 2017. A month of two off the grog ev­ery year does won­ders (if you can’t face Dry Jan try do­ing it just from Mon­day– Fri­day for the month in­stead, Dry Jan Lite). Aban­don­ing on­line dat­ing once and for all was a good move, it sucks the life out of you and ev­ery­one else. Same goes for Face­book, it’s rub­bish. Mind­less scrolling through pictures of crap you and your friends did is mak­ing us all nar­cis­sis­tic and in­ca­pable of read­ing more than four lines be­fore get­ting bored and flick­ing to the next thing. If any­one is plan­ning a diet in Jan­uary, I’d say this: I spent 11 months of last year metic­u­lously track­ing ev­ery calo­rie, ex­er­cis­ing and pay­ing for per­sonal train­ers then I gave it all up, stopped weigh­ing my­self ev­ery day and lost 8lbs. I’m now con­vinced that if we spent half the time and en­ergy — and devoted half the pages writ­ten, stud­ies car­ried out and money spent on los­ing weight — to solv­ing prob­lems at home and abroad we’d have world peace by now. And after the year we’ve had, who doesn’t need peace.

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