Bellingham, WA is frequently rated among the “most livable” cities in the nation. Recently, however, it topped a list of cities for something that it may not want to put on the brochures. My town absorbs the least amount of sunshine of any city in the lower 48. The sun shines only 35 percent of the time and is seems like that all comes in the month of July.
When Gwen and I moved here in 2005, I promptly purchased a light-box so jam-packed with lux, it hurts a little to sit by it at six in the morning. I bought it online from a mom-and-pop-shop in Alaska because I figured if anyone knows how to hack seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it would be them!
I call it my “happy lamp” because I am no longer SAD.
Other factors like going “Paleo,” taking cod liver oil, and Vitamin D3 have helped kick SAD as well. But, one thing I re-realized on today’s family snowshoe, was that the white stuff is truly a light amplifier. Even on the cloudiest of days.