It's cold outside. It's dreary. The snow looks dirty. But there are some things you can do to keep those winter blues away in January. I asked my friends on Facebook "What keeps you positive and motivated? Do you go to the gym? Do you listen to music? Do you read awesome inspiring positive books?!? If so, what are they?"

I received some really cool ideas! Some new ones and some tried but true ones. Are you ready to get motivated and centered in positivity? Here you go:

I crochet! And go to the gym. Crochet is definitely my failsafe for feeling good. Especially when I see the people's faces when they get their stuff! -Tiffany B.


I've been reading about a danish custom called "hygge" and trying to incorporate aspects of it to get thru winter with a good attitude - it's all about being cozy, having candles and fireplaces and warm blankets, enjoying and spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends. - Alison R.



Exercise that may sound like a typical answer but my favorite quote, "You are one workout away from a good mood." It is so true though. If I'm feeling down or lacking motivation, pushing myself to move does make a difference. It keeps the winter blues away. - April S.


What keeps me motivated is volunteering. When I was going through my divorce a long time ago, the counselor told me that the best thing I could do for myself was to go out & volunteer. I would get out of my house. I would meet new people. I would feel good about helping others out. As a result, it would make me feel better as a person. It was the absolute best advice I ever got. :) I volunteer very often & love it. - Brenda P.


Orange essential oil is the "happy" oil. It's like Sun in a bottle and can really refresh your outlook when it's dark and dreary outside. Goal setting this time of year is also important because you have purpose in the darkness, everyday. - Knelly D.


I keep a gratitude list. Daily. And I post it on my Facebook page each day, both because I know there are friends and family who watch for it (a good source of accountability to keep doing it) and because I know it helps other people think of what they're grateful for, and that helps them redirect their thoughts when they're not having such a good day. It's a win-win - it helps me and may even help others. - Stephanie V.

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