How to Be Happier in January Than in July
Do you suffer from the winter blues—or something deeper—this time of year? Here are nine ways to get through the bitterest days.
Transcend the Cold
Really, it’s possible to feel less cold than you are. When asked to plunge their hands into a bowl of ice water, people who practiced spiritual meditation during an experiment at Bowling Green University had a much higher tolerance for the cold
than their peers who practiced relaxation exercises. (They were also more upbeat and less anxious.) In the two weeks prior to the experiement, for 20 minutes daily, these hardier, happier, hotter-blooded souls had meditated on a spiritual mantra—God is great, God is joy, God is peace, God is love
(or, like them, you can use a term instead of “God” that best suited their spirituality—e.g., “Mother Earth” or "the universe").