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Never Fall in Love.

If you thought 2016 was terrible, that actually might be more a reflection on you/your own attitude than reality. In a recent survey, tons of folks described their year as either “excellent” or “good.” What’s more telling is how similar the results were to the same survey taken at the end of 2015.

Buck up, buttercup. Life is what you make it. And this Monday is what you make it, too. Make the most of it and start your year off on the right foot. — Cory Graves

Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium
The Cotton Bowl Classic may no longer be played in the Cotton Bowl, but it’s still one of the New Year’s Six bowls. The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers take on the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos for the first time since 2000. Numerous tailgating opportunities abound, not only at the stadium itself, but at nearby restaurants and business, too. — CG

Cruel Intentions at Alamo Drafthouse (Cedars)
Since Sarah Michelle Gellar’s television series spinoff of the film has yet to find a network home, might as well rewatch the 1999 original on the big screen. Are you in, or are you out? — CG

New Math Mondays at Off the Record (Free)
New Math Records’ Monday weekly kicks off a new year of its residency with DJ sets from Picnictyme, LIV.E, JT Donaldson and Ben Hixon. — CG

Service Industry New Year’s Eve Lucky Lou’s (Denton)
Nobody knows just how much of an amateur night NYE can be than the bar staffs that just had to put up with hordes of drunken assholes a few nights ago. Now it’s their turn, as Lucky Lou’s holds a NYE for the pros. Cheap drinks, a champagne toast and no amateurs allowed. — CG

The Bachelor Viewing Party at Dallas Farmers Market
So, The Bachelor: It’s coming back this January for what it feels like its 100th season. But, this time, there’s a twist — the titular bachelor, Nick Viall, has been on The Bachelorette multiple times now as a contestant, forever looking for love but perpetually losing out. Now, though, as the person handing out roses, he can’t lose. But, wait, why care? Well, because it’s pretty much a guarantee that there will be some Dallas-based contestants on each season of the show. And this year is no different, with two love-seekers — Rachel Lindsay and Elizabeth Whitelaw — claiming Dallas as their hometowns, and one of which spoilers say might be a shoe-in for the next Bachelorette. Anyway, wine and champagne specials, cheese plates and Bachelor Bingo will be part of this viewing party. — Angela Jones

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