S.A.D? 7 Secrets To A Super Happy Winter

02/01/2011 09:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long!

It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn't have to be.

"There are simple things you can do to stay positive," says Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of "The How of Happiness."

"It's important to keep your mood up because it can help you avoid everything from gaining extra pounds to feeling lethargic."

Try these techniques to stay sunny all winter long -- no trip to the Bahamas required!

Secrets To A Super-Happy Winter