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Anyone worried that New Year’s Eve 2016 will be a disappointment — in keeping with the general tenor of this awful year — is probably right. The experts at AsapSCIENCE have compiled a compelling list of reasons based on evolutionary psychology that explain why your New Year’s will almost certainly suck. (The only obvious reason they omit is Donald Trump, a gigantic downer whose negative impact on human evolution is yet to be determined.)

The principal psychological trap we confront on the year’s final night is our perennially elevated expectations — followed inevitably by a negative reaction that is amplified by alcohol, pricey entertainment venues, reflections on aging…

Now there is a simple way to address this annoying problem, even in 2016. It won’t fix everything, but it may just make the holiday a little less depressing.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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