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The Dog Days of Winter

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  “Happiness is a hound dog in the sun” quoting the philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). For over a century, it is known that exposure to light can have positive effects on plants, animals, and people. Light regulates our wellbeing. People get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and animals can suffer too. When…

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Winter Weather and SAD Depression

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From Extraordinary Health News- January 2016 With the holiday season behind us, many people can feel a sense of letdown or sadness, but that usually passes quickly and people get on with their lives. That’s not the kind of sadness that usually gets people down. And let’s face it. The winter months…

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Light therapy effective for treating depression, not just winter blues!

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From Washington Post 11/18/2015 By Lena H. Sun Experts have known for some time that light therapy can improve the mood of people who feel especially down when the days get shorter and gloomier. But now a study has found that light therapy also works in treating non-seasonal depression. The research, published Wednesday…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder … the detriment of daylight savings

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Every year around daylight savings, millions of Americans develop Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of seasonal depression. “SAD” is more than just an emotion: It’s also a serious mood disorder that, ironically, causes the very sentiment it denotes. With the clocks recently turned back, darkness usurping sunlight and temperatures plummeting, an unlucky few…

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The autumn blahs are real. 3 simple ways to stay upbeat all season!

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Head off the Winter Blues From: Today.com Fall is almost here and the days are getting shorter. If you find you have less pep in your step, or you’re struggling to get work done, you may be experiencing the autumn blahs — and those could lead to the winter blues. People who…

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SAD LIGHT- WINTER BLUES!

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SAD Light For Winter Blues. Illustration shows the links between the brain’s serotonin system, circadian clock and pineal gland which are involved in seasonal affective disorder- SAD, depression, winter blues, and other serious mood and sleep disorders. Illustration shows the links between the brain’s serotonin system, circadian clock and pineal gland which are involved…

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Light Therapy Helps Prevent Colds

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Sunshine and Light Helps Prevent Colds! People who are frequently jet-lagged or work night shifts are especially prone to colds and other inflammatory diseases. The reason according to a new study, has to do with our circadian clock. The bodies natural response to light cues, which tells us when to wake up…

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Missing The Sunshine?

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Missing the Sunshine? Has all this rainy weather got you down? Are you feeling tired, sad, tearful, or depressed? Denissen et al. (2008) found that weather’s daily influence has more of an impact on a person’s negative mood, rather than helping one’s positive mood. Higher temperatures raise a person with a low…

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June Gloom Hits The West Coast & Makes You SAD

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June Gloom Is Back For The West Coast! Extremely annoying late spring to early summer weather phenomenon in coastal Southern California that causes relentless, damp, dreary, miserable weather with drizzle and fog for weeks without end at the beaches. It sometimes spreads into the mountains. This can shock tourists who come to…

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