Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Apocalypse and 6 Reasons Winter is Good for Love

Hey LOVEanese! It's December 21, 2012, Gangnam Style amassed more than 1 BILLION views on YouTube today, and I'm assuming this is currently happening:

SO, you know that means! HAPPY APOCALYPSE/END OF THE WORLD!!!

Just kidding.

In reality, it also happens to be the winter solstice and the first day of winter. To celebrate the beginning of winter, I want to share a list I thought up of why winter is actually a great time for couples, relationships, and dating! Here they are, and feel free to add more in the comments:

#6. One word: Fireplaces. They're warm AND romantic! And in case they weren't good enough (or more likely that you just don't have have one), you can always make a bonfire! Just make sure you know how to do it responsibly. Winter camping with a bonfire is amazing!

#5. Since it gets darker sooner, use this as encouragement to stay out longer with each other and friends getting drinks. Or plan a fun night out, or a date emphasizing night-time activities, like stargazing, watching a meteor shower, going to a comedy or jazz club, go to the movies or go dancing, grab an nargile, or winter desserts.

#4. Lots of holidays and days off! Spend it doing something fun, plan a road trip or a vacation and head where it's warm. Go skiing/snowboarding in Faraya if you're in Lebanon, or go spend time with family and friends. Enjoy a drink or eggnog!

#3. Ample opportunities to spend quality time together: Go play in the snow, go sledding, have a snowball fight. OR if there's no snow, stay in and drink tea with cinnamon or hot chocolate, watch movies, listen to Christmas music (if that's your thing), play a board game or video game, do a jigsaw puzzle, FINGER PAINT!!! And there's some more suggestions here.

If you're in the southern hemisphere (cough, I'm talkin' to you Australia!), way to be all weird! Ok, just kidding. Even if it's not cold and/or snowy, go to the beach or otherwise, just enjoy your summer!

People get SAD, literally. It's called seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Ever notice how two of the biggest consumer holidays are conveniently located in the winter (Christmas and Valentine's Day)? Maybe its a way to capitalize on people's sadness (money buys happiness, right??). Well, forget shopping! Let love bring you up! Feelings of love and attraction releases natural chemicals like endorphins and dopamine in your brain which make you feel better (I talk about it here). And if that doesn't help, check out this list of suggestions for making yourself feel better.

Lastly, and most importantly, it's the most conducive season for cuddling! No one wants to cuddle up when it's 40 degrees C (104 F) outside! But when it's cold, it practically forces people to get closer together to keep each other warm. Awesome, right!?

What else is good about Winter? What do you like? Tell me in the comments! And may Earth live to see many more millions of years!

Spread the love, and (if you celebrate), have a merry Christmas!

-Ogie, MA

P.S. I guess they were right. Better learn to swim...


  1. drinking, cuddling, skiing, fireplaces. Yup, winter rocks (except for the numb fingers and toes). But wait! All of the above will cure that too :) !

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