It’s no secret we are in the thick of winter. It’s dark when we rise and go to bed. It’s colder than most of us would like. Oh, and did we mention the frustration that comes with scraping our windshields? It’s easy to get down on winter, but alas, the secret is to go with the flow.

The Norwegians have seemed to figure it out! A researcher went to study how residents in one northern Norwegian town manage to maintain overall mental health, despite the conditions. The secret? They view winter as something to be enjoyed, not a season to just “get through.”

So how can you embrace this attitude? Here are a few actionable tips you can take away from the research:

  1. Get outside. Norwegians can’t wait to enjoy winter sports. Maybe you prefer a long walk in the woods. Whatever you do, just get outside. Exercise is a proven mood booster.
  2. Forge bonds. Winter can be a cozy time. Nuzzle up to your significant other and have a movie night. Entertain some friends with a dinner party. We are social creatures, so we need to feed those desires every now and then.
  3. Don’t overlook the natural beauty. There is something breathtaking about a fresh blanket of snow or the sunrise. It’s easy to take for granted, but we don’t have the same backdrop in the summer months.

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