Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's going to be a white....Easter!

Easter is around the corner, as I enjoy a bunch of yellow tulips safely tucked in a vase on my table while the snow continues to fall outside.  A couple of days ago, a Via train full of many passengers was stuck on the tracks for 24 hours outside of Saskatoon, not because of mechanical failure, but because of a blowy snowstorm. This made a lot of news and some people were upset.  Whether we live east or west, all of us seem to be getting a good dose of cold and snow!

About 2 to 3 percent of Canadians experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This is a mood disorder where a person’s typically positive outlook becomes clinically depressed.  This is a serious illness, to be taken seriously, and a topic I will write about further another day.
But who hasn’t experienced the “winter blues”?  Soon even true winter lovers will be getting out their snowblowers and clearing snow debris off their front lawns…but for now, there’s still too much snow to even do that.
Going to a warm place in the middle of winter can be a huge mood booster.  Did you know   that hot weather can increase violent behaviour?   This has been proven by psychologists Ellen Cohn and James Rotton of….you guessed it…the Florida State University!
The best temperature for our mood is 72 degrees. So perhaps it’s best to stay inside, save the expense of a trip to Florida, put on a pair of short-shorts and download the Beachboys.  And for an extra mood boost…remember that it’s Easter, a salute to spring and a time of re-birth.  As Christians we believe that Christ died and was resurrected. However, the origin of the word “Easter” or actually “Eostre” dates back to the 8th century celebrating the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring marking re-birth.  Have a bite of a chocolate mood boosting Easter rabbit or Easter eggs, both symbols of life. 
It’s easy to be negative.  We need to feed our mind continuously, constantly keeping it re-freshed so that we can continue to celebrate the beauty of life. I’m going to enjoy Easter, white or not, and I hope you do too. 

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