How we love sunny days.  It’s no wonder – our innate response to sunshine is truly chemical.  Natural sunlight is a free mood enhancer. Studies suggest that the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin on sunny days than on darker days.  During winter and other gray days, be in the know on how to give your mood a needed lift.

  • Get out and leave the sunscreen behind.  We know it’s cold outside. So bundle up and spend at least 30 minutes outside.  Since there is little sun and you will be outside for a shorter amount of time there is no need for the sunscreen.
  • Borrow a Macalester Happy Light. Visit the Library Service Desk and check out a Happy Light.  The light from the box mimics natural sunlight that stimulates the brain to make serotonin and reduces excess melatonin. Check out detailed information about Light Therapy.
  • Eat right. Adding seasonal food and fish to your diet will help you replace what your body needs due to the lack of sun.
  • Make your Sleep Schedule as important as your Class Schedule. Regular sleep will help you get through long winter days and keep your serotonin levels balanced.  Here are more benefits of Healthy Sleep.
  • Stay social and move your body. It is easy to stay where the heat is or under the covers all day but staying active and spending time with friends and family will make winter easier.




  • Find a sunny place to hang out on our Sunny Spots Map – – Coming Soon