The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 12, 2014

Snow and other four-letter words:

11 ways to survive the winter doldrums


8. HUGS. “The power of touch is well-documented. Give the special people in your life the gift of your presence and the acceptance found in touch.”

9. PLAN. “You’ve got time on your hands to think about your future. What are your goals? Where do you want to be in five years? More importantly, WHO do you want to be in five years? Take the time you need to make any course corrections for the big picture in life.”

10. SAVE. “In the unstable economy we have, planning to put a little cash back for a rainy day isn’t just a good idea, but solid advice. Even children can see the value of saving up for a gift. Research suggests that people literally enjoy gifts more that they have placed on layaway and pick up when they’ve saved for it. It increases the anticipation factor.”

11. PRAY. “Two sides of prayer are important. Sure, take the time to ask for what you need, but make sure that you balance that with what you are thankful for. Of course, there have been bad things that have happened. You don’t need any special encouragement to remember these, but chances are taking time to reflect on what you’re thankful for may make all the difference.”

... and if none of these suit your fancy, buy a large calendar of outdoor photography and start marking off squares. Spring is only 70-or-so days away!

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