This winter's been working pretty hard to deplete my happiness reserves. It's so cold on the east coast that even walking to the subway feels like an excursion up Everest, and with the sun still setting before 5 p.m., it's hard to get in even a few minutes of much-needed mood-boosting Vitamin D. The bitter weather's basically stuck me on my couch eating Rice Krispie treats and marathoning Riverdale day after day, and I'm not the only one in the doldrums. So what are some life upgrades that'll boost your mood?
First and foremost, know that it's normal to feel a little down sometimes, especially in the winter. In fact, the winter blues are so common they prompted the Danes to invent the (now very hip) concept of hygge, which basically exists to transform miserable months of cold and darkness into a time of warmth, coziness, family, and self-reflection. Sometimes the best mood-booster is a change of perspective, and personally, it's been helpful for me to embrace winter rather than make it an enemy. But there are other small mood-boosters you can take on that'll suffice for all seasons, since the mean reds aren't limited to the darker months. Here are some of my favorites.