How are you doing? Would you use the words; satisfaction, joy, fun, enjoyment, enthusiasm, laughter, motivated, active, pleasant, anticipating or content to describe your current state of mind? If you would like to see a boost in your mood and positive attitude as well as an increase in energy, this column is for you.

As we begin the colder, drearier months, many people have a downturn in their mood and mental state. Their emotions tend to reflect more despondency or less enthusiasm. Mental health experts have recognized this mood shift during winter months and have called it Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is important to realize that if this phenomenon affects you, you are definitely not alone. Millions of people are similarly impacted as the seasons change.

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