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7 reasons to feel a bit happier (even though it's still winter)

There are silver linings to January, promise.

CHRISTMAS IS DEFINITELY over by now and you’re probably back at work, those halcyon days of lying on the couch all day eating your weight in chocolate a distant memory.

Let’s take a moment to grieve.

Ok… you’re going to be ok. While it might feel like January is the most depressing month of the year, it really isn’t all  bad. Promise.

So to help you get through January, here are seven reasons to be happier at least,  if not downright happy.

1. You made some resolutions

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And so far, you’re sticking to them – it’s just over a week into the new year, after all.

Who knows what the future will hold, but right now – good on you.

You stick to those resolutions. We believe in you.

2. You don’t have to go out every night

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Christmas is great and all, but having to go to events, drinks, parties, or catch ups to see everyone right before Christmas can take its toll on you.

Two weeks straight of nights out is tough going.

Here’s to going straight home after work every single night.

3. You’re broke… which is sort of a good thing

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Alright, no one likes to be broke, of course, and if you’re living off what’s rattling around the back of your cupboards for the month of January, you have our sympathy.

But there’s a bright side – everyone else is broke too, so no one’s doing anything this month.

No FOMO for you.

4. You can watch TV all weekend

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All those Christmas social obligations have no doubt put a dent in your TV watching so this is the month to catch up on as much as possible – and as you’ve no money to go out, and no one’s going out either, you can justifiably watch TV guilt-free for the whole of January.

Win.

5. You can sleep all weekend

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And to add to the general laziness of the month, you can sleep as much as you like all weekend too – and even during the week. Early nights are not only welcomed but encouraged.

Help your body recover after all the craziness of December with some well-deserved shut-eye.

6. You can spend time with family

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You might feel like you’ve spent all the time you need to this year already over Christmas, but hanging out with your family in January is a much less stressful situation.

There are no presents to buy or worry over, no expectations or disappointments, and nobody has to spend all day cooking a turkey. Just hanging out and chilling.

7. You can learn a new skill

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With all your new-found free time, you finally have some to take up that pottery class you’ve always wanted to do, or was it learn guitar?

Either way, now’s your chance to do some seriously fun up-skilling with little to no distractions on your time or attention.

Feeling better now? Let us know what makes you feel happier in the comments below.

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