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.
Warm Your Hot Spots
Much of the time, our sight trumps all of our other senses. But touch takes over when we’re feeling cold, sick, depressed and vulnerable
. Chris Janiszewski, a business-school professor at the University of Florida, found that depressed consumers have a deeper appreciation for how a rich lotion feels
when caressed into the skin, whereas people who feel neutral or upbeat focus on how it looks
. Touching—and being touched—are restorative because they signal the presence of a protector. “The most receptive areas are the scalp, back and forearms,” says Janiszewski. For the winter blahs, a steamy whirlpool bath or a massage chair—or, better yet, a hands-on massage—have more therapeutic potential than anything you lay your eyes on. (Except sunshine.)