01/01/2015 03:57 GMT | Updated 22/12/2015 11:59 GMT

Reasons To Love January: From Global Hugging Day To Martin Luther King's Birthday

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With the constant talk of diets, gruelling exercise regimes and exhausting self-improvement, it feels like someone, somewhere, is determined to make us hate January.

But here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we're determined to say no to the traditional idea of January and say a big fat YES to all the possibilities it holds.

After all, Christmas stress is gone, the mornings are growing lighter and we can legitimately start looking forward to our 2016 holiday.

January is awesome, and to prove it, here are 10 events past and present that prove good things happen this time of year...

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