I know this is off the topic of veganism, but sometimes it's good to throw a "life topic" in now and then just to get us all chatting about life in general.
I read this today about the happiest states in America, and it says Hawaii is the happiest, and West Virginia is the saddest. (So you are living in the happiest place in America, Shiva!!) money.msn.com/investing/happiest-and-most-
This interested me, because more and more I believe I have a pretty severe case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I don't sit around and cry all winter, but I do feel a very strong sense of lack of motivation and drive in the winter months. The motivation was there in summer...but it leaves me in winter. (And yes, there is that occasional feeling of sadness, too, in the winter months.)
Of course, some of the happier states listed in the "picture article" are not necessarily near the sunbelt of the earth...so I'm not so sure how that works (maybe they have less cloudy days than some states, and get more sun?) Of course the article does not bring SAD into the discussion, but talks about other things...like a good economy in that state affecting peoples mood. But I do believe sunlight factors into it, too.
It does seem like SAD is one of the most common mental health issues and a lot of folks have it, who otherwise have no mental health problems. I keep thinking I need to move somewhere warm and sunny, and may have to do that someday if my winter experience does not improve.
I did actually once try using a light box treatment for this condition (about 10 years ago) and it didn't seem to help. (For some reason some folks don't respond to artificial light. Perhaps it's that their bodies need "both" sunlight and warmth to experience that feeling of "well being"?)
So it's just an interesting topic.
Do any of you wish you lived in a warmer, sunnier climate?
Do any of you experience "the winter blues", like me?
Are any of you as excited as I am over spring coming soon? (Woohoo!!!!)
T E R R Y
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