Can we all agree that, once the first snowfall hits and the powdery white stuff transforms into gray sludge, winter's a real drag? And even if you're one of those (possibly mythical?) snow bunnies who actually enjoys flurries and cold temperatures, the lack of sunlight can still seriously dim your mood. Whether you're feeling just a tad gloomy or deep in the throes of seasonal affective disorder, we've got some tips for making this season a little more bearable.More
It may sound like a cruel way to tease yourself, but planning a getaway when you're cooped up inside during colder days is actually a great mood booster. In a March 2010 study, researchers found that people were happiest while planning their upcoming trip (anticipation!) even compared to vacationers who had just returned from a holiday.
You don't need to start your own 501(c)(3) organization to reap the benefits of giving back. In a September 2016 review of 21 studies, researchers found that participants experienced increased happiness when they helped others, even if it was something small. So maybe today you'll pay for your coffee and the person's behind you?