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Ideas for improving the winter blues

posted Nov 19, 2017, 6:28 PM by Ann Lee
Socializing is a great way to boost your mood, as humans weren't meant to hide away in our dens all winter.  Set aside some time each week for a buddy moment, whether it is grabbing a quick lunch, or meeting friends for an exercise class.  Take the time to schedule something once a week, otherwise it may never happen.  And don't hesitate to take the initiative versus waiting to get invited to things.

Appreciate winter's pleasures.  "When you enjoy rather than dread what's around you, your optimistic thoughts will start trumping your negative ones," says Lyubomirsky.

Schedule a trip to a warm area.  Planning a trip, or even just thinking about one in the future, can make you happier, according to a study in the Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.  It also gives you an opportunity to replenish vitamin D levels from less sunlight.