Archive for January 15th, 2012

As we are exploring many ways to beat the winter blues, as we call the slightly sad we feeling that some of get in the winter, when the days are shorter and it is cold outside, and sometimes cloudy. This is not be confused with a clinical depression, of course, which may require medication. One of my favorite things to do anytime of year is to read. This is an enjoyable way to pass a gloomy day.

I do recommend though, if you are reading to lift your spirits, don’t read a book that makes you cry! Find a book that is uplifting, or even funny. Winter is a great time to catch up on the piles of magazines that lay around unread. I like to put my subscriptions in a binder that holds a whole year of issues. Then I can read them when I find time. I keep them in the corner bookcase by my hammock chair stand so that I can just reach for one and browse. If you don’t feel you have time for a whole book, you may enjoy short stories, such as the Chicken Soup series. There are so many of them now, and the stories in each book are short reads, and very uplifting.