Snow can help lift people’s moods says researcher at Stockholm University

Snow covered trees are pictured on February 4, 2020 near Ornskoldsvik in northern Sweden. Can snow help lift the winter blahs? (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Winters with snow may cut down on some depressive symptoms.
  • Being outside in the snow almost doubles our exposure to light, which might put us in a better mood. But it may also help by affecting our behavior.
  • Arne Lowden, a psychology researcher at Stockholm University, says more research is needed and is embarking on a study to find out more about its impact.
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