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Simple ways to bust winter blues

A taste for happiness

Over-eating and weight gain are commonly associated with SAD and milder winter blues. While over-indulging will only make you feel worse in the long run, it is possible to use taste to boost your mood without packing on the pounds.

Researchers have found evidence that chemicals in certain foods, such as chocolate, some berries and teas, have a positive impact on mood, according to a report presented to the American Chemical Society. Fortunately, you don’t need to increase your intake of chocolate to feel better about winter. Simply add some of these flavors to foods you already eat. Toss a handful of blueberries into your morning oatmeal, snack on trail mix that includes dried berries and some chocolate, and substitute tea for your afternoon coffee.

Touch sensitive

Scientists believe the sense of touch is the first to develop in the womb, and it’s one of our most powerful, comforting senses. You can nourish your sense of touch in many ways, from choosing clothing that is soft, breathable and comfortable to spending quiet time stroking your pet’s fur.

Nourishing your sense of touch is also a great way to indulge in affirming human contact. Indulging in regular hugs with those you love will be a mood-booster for both of you.

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