Winter can be depressing. It's as simple as that. As soon as you tuck away your crystal nutcracker ornaments and eat the last slice of chocolate-orange marble cake, reality sets in. There are several long months ahead of gray skies and heaps of snow tinged with muck (or Packer's urine unfortunately if you live near his sales route). It's like living in the movie Eastern Promises, without all the nudity and murder. However there's a lot you can do to stave off winter blues, especially in the office.
One way to boost happiness is to exercise. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but you should take a cue from Michael and walk around whenever you get the chance to help boost endorphins. I understand things like navigating the new facebook layout can keep you sitting for hours (I know -- I hate it too), but try to get up when you can. I also can't believe I'm going here, but you should try to be as social as possible (yes, like Michael...) Connecting with people will help elevate your mood. No need to delve into all the details of your loveless marriage or your cat's dental braces; just a little casual banter will do. If you want to spruce up your skills, I recommend reading through The Art of Civilized Conversation by Margaret Shepard. Lastly, stay away from carbs and fat! We all tend to be drawn to comfort foods during wintertime, but you should explore healthier options. Weight gain only leads to misery. Case in point:Val Kilmer. Instead of picking up a large order of French toast sticks on your way to work, try making some lemony asparagus or a vegetable meatloaf to bring in. Delish and nutrish! I hope you find this helpful, and whenever the winter blues come knocking on your door, you're able to slam that door shut and say woe doesn't live here anymore.