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When You Don’t See the Sun for Months: Battling Wintertime Blues

Summary: By changing the way you think, can you feel better during the winter months?
Air Date: 11/13/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Kari Alyse Leibowitz, PhD
Leibowitz Kari Alyse Leibowitz began her PhD in Social Psychology at Stanford University in 2015. She is interested in understanding how best to promote mindsets that increase psychosocial well-being, with a particular emphasis on understanding compassionate mindsets in various populations.

At Stanford, Kari is a member of the Mind and Body Laboratory. Kari received her BA from Emory University in 2012. After graduation, Kari spent two years as the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership and coordinated the visit of the Dalai Lama to Emory in 2013. From 2014-2015, Kari spent a year studying wintertime mindset above the Arctic Circle in Norway under a Fulbright research grant.
When You Don’t See the Sun for Months: Battling Wintertime Blues
Short days, cold weather, and the long stretch between the holidays and spring can do a number on your mood.

Recently, Kari Leibowitz, a PhD student in Social Psychology at Stanford University, traveled to Tromsø, Norway, to conduct research on how people in Norway handle the Polar Night period.

Tromsø is located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and is the second largest city in Norway with a population of 70,000.

The city experiences Polar Night from November 21 to January 21. This is when the sun dips below the horizon for two months. However, even though it is not pitch black, there is no direct sunlight.

How do people handle the Polar Night and battle the wintertime blues?

Listen in as Leibowitz shares how you can try to combat the winter blues by taking a new approach on how you think about the winter months.