December has been called the most wonderful time of the year because it is filled with celebration and holiday cheer. However, we also know that when the days get dark and the sun sets earlier many are attacked by the seasonal blahs. Some of this has to do with the pressure to make Christmas “perfect,” but some of it just has to do with the cold, dark days of winter.
Last Parade magazine, in its “Stay Healthy” section, offered ten winter mood lifters. Number one on this list was to “Veg Out.” It seems eating fruits and vegetables feed the good bacteria in your gut that help produce mood-regulating neurotransmitters. I guess carrots help more than just your eyesight! I won’t mention them all, but they included such ideas as placing a base of yellow flowers on your bedside table, to laughing a lot (presumably at the construction worker and his vase of tulips!)
The Bible itself is full of mood lifters. For instance, try a big dose of I John 1:9 if you want to feel better. You can also keep a supply of James 4:10 and Ephesians 5:18 – 20, for when the days are dark. There are hundreds more. What’s in your spiritual medicine cabinet?