December 6 2015

5 Things to Cheer You Up On Winter Days –By Vanessa Farkas

starbucks21. Starbucks
I’m not gonna lie…Starbucks is kind of the key to my heart. There’s nothing I love more than cozying up with a yummy soy latte in a pair of my favorite sweatpants to warm me up on a cold day. But there’s something different about Starbucks as the holiday season approaches. Maybe it’s the candy red decorations, maybe it’s the cheery Christmas music playing in the background or maybe it’s the new red cups that put the regular white ones to shame. Whatever it is, I know that a quick trip to Starbucks always makes me feel better on a gloomy winter day!

2. Cookies, cookies, cookies
Have you ever been sad when you knew cookies were baking in the oven? Because I think it’s physically impossible to feel anything but pure joy. Whether you’re using that good old “break and bake” or starting from scratch, cookies are always a good idea (especially when they’re peanut butter). So ditch the weight loss goals, grab some chocolate chips and get baking! Not only will they make you feel better, but it’s a perfect way to keep yourself busy!

heres-a-complete-list-of-black-friday-store-hours3. Let’s go to the mall!
When those holiday sales come around, you better believe I’ll be at Somerset Mall (or hiding shopping bags in my closet…oops). It may not be good for my wallet, but therapy shopping is definitely good for my mood. You can go by yourself, take a friend or maybe even your entire family!

poodlegiphy4. Exercise
I know at least for me, the colder it gets outside, the harder it is to get myself to the gym. Really though…why would I force myself through an hour of pain when I can stay in bed watching Friends? I’ll tell you why. Working out may not be fun like baking cookies or going to the mall, but it will definitely make you feel better physically and mentally. I promise I’m not making this up…when we workout, our body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that make us feel happier. So make the gym push, sometimes all you need is a good sweat.

lightsgiphy5. “All of the lights, all of the lights” –Kanye
With the holiday season creeping up on us, people are beginning to decorate their homes with lights. This is by far my favorite part of the winter season. How can you be sad when you’re driving past twinkling rainbow lights and yard decorations? You can’t. Sometimes my mom and I even go out of our way to drive through neighborhoods late at night just to look at the lights! Remember…gray skies are only temporary…all of the lights are going up soon!

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Meet Vanessa:

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 1.24.55 PMI’m Vanessa! I’m a junior at the University of Michigan. My major is International Studies (global health) and my minor is Community Action and Social Change. I love spending time with my family and being active! If I had to choose one food to live off of for the rest of my life, it would be peanut butter…I cannot go a day without it. One last thing – people who love to eat are the best kind of people 🙂

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