How to be Happy Despite the Cold Weather

The cold weather is finally upon us. We were lucky and were able to avoid it for longer than usual, but the inevitable has come and the cold is here. In case you can’t tell, I’m not the fondest of cold weather, feeling cold, snow, ice, or anything that could make me shiver. For those of you like me, here’s a list of ways to keep your spirits up while the temperatures drop.

 

  1. Embrace Winter Activities

If you can’t beat them, join them… that’s how the saying goes, right? We can’t stop the winter activities so sometimes it’s best to embrace them and get on board. Snow may not be your favorite, but you can’t build a snowman without it.

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  1. Enjoy Warmth Where You Can Find It

No matter what time of year it is, curling up under a big blanket on the couch is one of the best things. When it’s cold outside, this gets even better. Light some candles, get your fireplace going and get ready to be cozy, comfy and warm!

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  1. Focus Your Grumpy Cold Weather Distaste Elsewhere

There’s no sense in stewing in your grumpy feelings about weather you can’t control. Take this time to start up a new hobby, or read that book you’ve been meaning to for months, or go see the newest movies on the big screen. If winter has one bonus, it does bring us the year’s best movies!

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  1. Add Light to Your Space

Along with the unwanted cold comes a whole lot of darkness. The days are shorter this time of year, and often times you find yourself heading to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Brighten up your home and your day by adding a few more lamps or other lighting fixtures to your space so you won’t always feel trapped under the cloud of darkness.

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  1. Enjoy Your Favorite Warm Snacks and Drinks

When it’s hot outside it’s hard to enjoy a good PSL or your favorite soup. Embrace the cold and get as many of your favorite warm drinks and warm snacks while it’s “weather appropriate.” We all know us cold-haters will enjoy these all year round, but even we can admit that they taste a little better when it’s cold outside.

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  1. Find a New Show on Netflix

New and amazing shows are coming out all the time for people to enjoy. Netflix, along with other streaming sites, consistently put out new material to keep viewers always coming back for the latest thing. Since these sites post full seasons of shows at a time, these provide you with plenty to watch (or binge) while you’re cuddled up under your blankets on the couch.

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  1. Put on an Extra Pair of Socks

Wool socks really get a bad rap. We laugh at our dad’s when they put them on their wishlist, but really, our dad’s have it figured out. Wool socks are the best. There’s not too much better than putting on a warm pair of thick socks on a cold day. That comfy, cozy feeling spreads through your body instantly!

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  1. Cuddle with Your Pet

Are you the lucky owner of a fluffy, friendly, furry, loving and cuddly pet? Wonderful! Winter and cold weather provide a great time for you to cuddle together and help keep each other warm. Still feeling cold? Find another pet and make it a party!

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  1. Catch up with Friends

It’s very easy to get wrapped up in our busy lives and forget to take some time to check in with family and friends we don’t see that often. If you don’t want to brave the frigid outside temperatures, get out your phone or computer and call those people and have some fun catching up.

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  1. Find Some Beauty in the Cold

While it can be hard to find any beauty or anything to enjoy about the cold when you are as against it as I am, one way to pass the winter months is to appreciate the unique beauty this weather provides us. When it first snows, before it gets messy and muddy, enjoy the picturesque scenes. Enjoy the icicles and the unique, brisk, and refreshing smell that only really cold weather has.

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Are you on team “No-Cold” like me? Or are you a fan of all things winter related? How do you make the best of these cold days?

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