Mel Gibson has learned a hard lesson -- don't make promises you can't keep.
A chill Mel was leaving Terroni restaurant in L.A. last night with a woman, when our photog asked for his New Year's resolutions, and he quickly shot back he's not making any.
If we can play arm chair shrink for 2 sentences, it's real progress when someone stops making pie-in-the-sky promises. The latest encounters we've had with Mel have been ... different. He seems at peace and pretty happy. But shaking demons doesn't magically happen on January 1st of any year.
Mel did say he's quit smoking ... the hard way.