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❄️ Today’s tip: Take a snow hour.

Add snow days to the long list of things that look a little different this year. If remote work and remote school have sucked the usual fun out of a snowy day, consider this: You don’t need a full day off to enjoy it. (Did you ever really spend that long in the cold, anyway?) …

🌤️ Today’s tip: When planning an outdoor hang, the sun matters more than the temperature.

Thanks to the pandemic, the great outdoors has become everyone’s rec room — even in winter. But that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, as the writer Tim Heffernan points out, those cold and dark months are when we need to get outside the most. The trick is to plan your outdoor hangouts for sunny days, regardless of temperature.

“A calm, sunny day in the 20s is a lot more enjoyable than a gray, blustery day in the 40s,” he writes. …

Today’s tip: Double-layer your socks for maximum coziness.

We asked you, readers of The Forge Daily Tip, what you’re doing to feel cozy through the dark days of winter. And you told us. You’re nestling in the warmest spots in your home, lighting candles, and getting impressively creative with your hot beverages.

Caren Lissner offered us a particularly cozy piece of wisdom: Double-layer your socks for maximum warmth. She likes L.L. …

Because winter is here, and it’s about to get real

“I hate winter” written on snow covering a car.
“I hate winter” written on snow covering a car.
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Last spring, when the pandemic turned New York City into a weird zombie apocalypse version of itself, I admit that I was one of the many apartment-dwellers who fantasized about moving to the country. All there was to do was hike in the woods anyway, might as well get out there, drop out of the rat race, and live my best folklore-flavored life, right? Well, had I decamped to literally much greener pastures then, I would now be experiencing my first rural winter, and to be honest, I would probably be dead. Or at least very cold and confused. …

❄️ Today’s tip: Train yourself to be more cold-tolerant by wearing one layer less than you think you need. (But bring an extra one with you!)

If you’re wondering how the heck you’re going to see people outside for the next few months, listen: You can do this. Yes, it’s cold. But as Kate Morgan explains in Elemental, you can train yourself to be more cold-tolerant.

The idea is more or less exposure therapy: The next time you go outside, bundle up a little less than you need to, and try to power through the discomfort. “Humans are super adaptable…

🔥 Today’s tip: Turn on a virtual fireplace for an extra-cozy ambience.

The great thing about cozy season is it’s not hard to get really into it. Microwaving your socks, brewing a cup of tea, lighting a candle — all low-effort activities with high cozy payoff. But perhaps the easiest, coziest cozy activity of all? Clicking on your TV and setting it to a virtual fireplace.

As Angela Lashbook explains on Debugger, there’s research to back up the pleasure of faux flames. In one recent study, “researchers found that watching a fire made people feel less stressed, more joyful, and…

Don’t buy into the cold-weather/warm-weather binary. There is only outside.

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Winter is coming, and like seemingly every other aspect of life this year, the coronavirus is turning it upside-down. Normally, mid-November is when we start worrying about having to go outside. Now, we’re worried out about having to stay in. And with good reason: The prospect of being cooped up till spring is depressing, even frightening. My wife and I just panic-bought a rowing machine.

But here’s the truth: The colder months, the next few months especially, are when we need to go outside the most. (Let’s start with our Thanksgiving celebrations.) Not just because being outdoors has numerous health…

A strategy for getting through the dark days ahead

Three young women sit close together, a tea kettle nestled in the front with seasonal items.
Three young women sit close together, a tea kettle nestled in the front with seasonal items.
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Winter is coming. And this year, even before the temperature drops, it’s feeling frostier.

More than ever, it seems set to be a season of survival for those of us who have already been through some form of quarantine. What we need — right now, long before what could be the most testing of times — is a strategy borrowed from those perplexing people who don’t just survive but thrive during the winter: the Norwegians.

And not just any Norwegians. The coldest ones.

Stanford psychologist Kari Leibowitz discovered in her pioneering study on winter mindset that the further north people…


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