1. Exercise – dedicating 30 minutes a day to light exercise, such as walking or yoga, can help boost the release of serotonin.
2. Go Outside – taking a quick walk around the block or opening the curtains can provide a much needed dose of sunlight and Vitamin D.
3. Eat a Serotonin-Boosting Diet – foods such as eggs, nuts, bananas and salmon, contain an amino acid called tryptophan, a critical building block for natural serotonin production.
4. Wear Bright Colours – research shows that warm and bright colours are tied to feelings of happiness.
5. Complete a Project – finishing a project around the house can make you feel accomplished, even if it is as simple as making the bed in the morning.
6. Embrace the Cold – people living near the arctic light candles and fires, drink warm beverages and snuggle under blankets to relax.
7. Take a Holiday – a mid-winter trip to a warm, sunny location may provide the boost needed to get through the rest of the cold months.
8. Engage in Social Activities – whether solo or with a friend, getting out of the house to see a movie, go bowling or volunteer will help prevent isolation.
9. Take a Class – pass the time by picking up a hobby or learning something new; as the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”
10.Read a Book – studies have found that reading can make people happier by enhancing ‘theory of mind’ and reducing stress.