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The Happy Light Review: Does Light Therapy Work?

Written on January 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm , by

If this thing could talk: "Don't worry, be happy!"

If this thing could talk: "Don't worry, be happy!"

Someone once told me that seasonal affective disorder (ie, seasonal depression) is all mental. That it’s my choice to decide how I feel for the day.

You know what? I think that’s phooey. I know my body and my mentality incredibly well…and if I happen to be grumpy and sluggish every single winter, I don’t think it should be dumbed down to as if I’m making a simple decision. Skinny jeans or leggings? That’s a decision. Happy or cranky? That’s a bit more complicated, thankyouverymuch.

So in my quest to combat me morphing into a seasonal sloth, I’ve started taking advantage of light therapy. The point of a light therapy device is that it mimics outdoor light…thought to then cause a chemical change in your brain to lift your mood and ease other symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. The Mayo Clinic explains it pretty well, if you want more info.

Onto the good stuff: how it’s worked for me so far. The Happy Light 6000, an incredibly bright lamp device, now sits on my desk at work. A few rants and raves about it: Read more