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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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