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11 New Year's Resolutions That Are Actually Fun To Keep

Quit making bummer resolutions.

Watch what you eat. Curse less. Don't binge watch so much Netflix.

Maybe the reason no one keeps New Year's resolutions is because they seem like a total drag. Improving yourself is a positive experience, so shouldn't it be enjoyable? Here are 11 awesome changes that you'll actually look forward to sticking with in 2016:

  1. Learn a language

    Download a free app like Duolingo, which teaches you through games. Once you've gained basic conversational skills, start saving up for a big trip overseas to use your new skills. Sí, por favor!

  2. Dance more

    Dancing has been shown to improve your mental and physical health, so go out with your girls or blast the stereo and shake your bootie in your living room. It's the responsible thing to do.

  3. Volunteer with puppies or kittens

    Millions of shelter pets need a little TLC in the form of walks and affection. People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem and levels of happiness. Talk about a win-win. (Also OMG wet noses!)

  4. Save up for a car

    Sure, the saving money part might not ~exactly~ be a laugh riot, but the memories you'll make when you have your own set of wheels will be priceless.

  5. Go see live comedy on a regular basis

    Not only is laughing fun, it boosts your immune system. So you're basically taking vitamins every time you go to a comedy club.

  6. Pick up a new sport

    Boost your confidence and endorphin levels all while catching some sweet air.

  7. Buy yourself flowers on a regular basis

    Why wait for someone else to treat you like the queen that you are? Resolve to be your own secret admirer.

  8. Get better at cooking

    Become familiar with "The Joy of Cooking" in every sense of the phrase. You'll impress your friends and family and know the sheer happiness that comes with crafting the perfect lasagna.

  9. Spend more time with your siblings

    In her famous "Wear Sunscreen" speech, columnist Mary Schmich advises, "Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future." Plus, nothing makes you laugh like your sister's Justin Bieber impression. So take the time to have more fun with her, already.

  10. Dress better for work or school

    Looking sharp will make you feel more polished and professional. It's also a solid excuse to hit the mall, and who doesn't need one of those?

  11. Check one big thing off your bucket list

    There's a reason it's on your bucket list, right?