This is the time of year when people make New Year's resolutions, but I have a better idea. By definition, a resolution is something you want to change about yourself, something you've done wrong in the past that you want to start doing right.

Boo!

I think we would all be better served if this New Year, we made unresolutions. That is, let's make a list of things we've been doing and we'd like to keep doing. Who needs negativism around the holidays? Times are tough, and why should we make them tougher? Especially on our favorite people in the world, namely ourselves.

Let's give it a try, shall we?

I'll go first.

Unresolution No. 1. I sleep in my clothes, and I resolve to keep sleeping in my clothes. I know this sounds weird, and it helps that my clothes are fleece pants and a fleece top, because I work at home. Sometimes I even wear a fleece hat to bed, like a nightcap, because I like my room cold but not my head. Bottom line, I never have to worry about what to wear, and I'm already dressed, all the time. So now you know.

Unresolution No. 2. I kiss my pets on the lips, and I like it. I know people say it's unsanitary, but they're no fun. All of my animals expect me to kiss them on the lips, even my pony. And if they balk, I grab them by their furry cheeks and force them to stand still. I'm paying the room and board, and all I want is a little smooch. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

Unresolution No. 3. I don't own an iron. It's not the worst thing in the world if my clothes are a little wrinkly. No one really notices, or if they do, they're too polite to say so, which is the same thing. To me.

Unresolution No. 4. I talk to strangers. I got this from my mother, who, when we went into the Acme, talked to the produce guy, the stock boy, and the cashier. She was always up in their business, and in time, they were up in hers. It turned every errand into a little party, a reunion of old friends, but there just happens to be a cash register in the room.

Unresolution No. 5. I make too much food. If I serve dinner and no one at the table says, "You made too much food," then I feel like I failed. I love the idea that there's a lot of food on the table. I want everybody full and happy, and I always give the leftovers to the dogs and cats. You know what comes next.

(I kiss them on the lips.)

Unresolution No. 6. I wear flats. I used to always wear high heels, because I'm a shorty. I thought I felt more powerful in heels, but all I really felt was more painful. It was daughter Francesca who got me started wearing flats, and it changed my life. My toes are always happy, and I'm still a mighty mite.

Unresolution No. 7. I buy too many books. I love to read and have hundreds of books overflowing my bookshelves and stacked high on my dining room table, in piles. I love living around books, and reading is like traveling without baggage claim. Who needs a dining room anyway?

So maybe now you understand why I'm single.

Which brings me to -

Unresolution No. 8. I live alone, but I'm not lonely. I know lots of you live alone, whether by choice or by circumstance, and you may be lonely, especially around the holidays. I'm not saying you're not allowed to be, all I'm saying is that the fact that you live alone doesn't necessarily mean you're lonely. It means you're free to wear hats to bed.

In the end, our own personal happiness is about figuring out what makes us feel the most ourselves, and living that way - and to hell with what anybody else thinks.

So when you're making a list of resolutions, please do make some unresolutions, too.

It will be a Happier New Year.

Lisa Scottoline is a best-selling author of 15 novels. Contact her at www.scottoline.com.