The bitter cold and short days of winter can take a toll on your mood, and even lead to something more serious known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. To beat back the winter blues and keep in high spirits, a simple shift in mindset is all you need. Kari Lebowitz, a PhD candidate at Stanford University, has been studying the effects of winter on folks in northern Norway where, from November to January, the sun never truly rises. Leibowitz couldn’t figure out why people there didn’t become depressed due to their environment, but their answer was quite simple: “Why would we?” In Norway, the winter is something special to be enjoyed, not simply endured. Leibowitz found that partaking in winter-only activities, enjoying the cosiness of staying indoors during a cold winter night and finding a way to truly appreciate the beauty the winter season brings can really help those who feel down in the dumps. Last but not least, Leibowitz recommends that you refuse to participate in the “Misery Olympics”. Yes, it’s cold, the days are short and it takes longer to travel somewhere, but the less you complain about it all, the better you’ll probably feel. Of course, if you think you’re truly depressed, get some light and don’t hesitate to see a professional.
The Norwegian Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter [Fast Company]