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12/29/2015 10:22 EST | Updated 01/04/2016 04:59 EST

11 New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

You won't find any weight loss goals here.

It’s that time of year again: the one where we all start thinking about what’s wrong with us and making promises we probably won’t keep (and definitely will feel badly about later) about how we’re going to change it come January 1.

Okay, that’s a bit pessimistic, but how many of us really benefit from the same-old cycle of New Year’s resolutions, year in and year out? How many years in a row have you made the same resolution, knowing you won’t be any closer to it in December 2016 than you are right now?

According to research from University of Scranton, just 8 per cent of people actually keep their resolutions. We bet that number would be a lot higher if more of us made resolutions we actually want to keep — or at least broke the tougher resolutions down into achievable goals.

Here are 11 great resolutions from real-life experts — actual people who’ve had success with them in their own lives. They range from the fun and easy to the tough but well-planned, and any one of them would leave you in better, happier shape a year from now.

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