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The quickest way to feel cozy this weekend

🔥 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 more pleasantly sociable,” Lashbrook writes. And while a virtual fireplace isn’t the real thing, “study participants also attest that their favorite part of the fire was not its warmth, but rather the ‘beautiful light’ it sends around their rooms.” That soothing crackling sound, that pleasant glow, that cozy feeling — all just a couple button-pushes away.

📚 More from Forge on making the most of wintertime:

Contrary to Reports, Cold Weather Is Awesome

The Norwegian Philosophy of Thriving in Winter

What Are You Doing to Get Cozy?

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