Monday, December 3, 2018

10 Smile-Inducing Songs to Help You Beat the Winter Blues

BAY CITY, Mich. -- Winter is certainly here in Michigan...but do you find that you feel pretty down about it? Does it seem to happen every year around this time? You're not alone. Seasonal depression, otherwise known as the "winter blues", affects an estimated 10 million people across the country according to Psychology Today. While many theories exist as to what causes it, one of the most widely accepted has to do with it getting dark much sooner, which increases melatonin production in the body and makes us feel extra drained. Another blames the significant lack of sunlight during this time, which can lead to feelings of sadness.

Whatever the cause, it definitely sucks. Don't worry, however, as there are several things you can do to lift your spirits - and one of the most popular methods is setting some positive vibes with great music! To help you knock those winter blues right out of your zone, we at Graff Bay City have curated this playlist of some of the most upbeat songs we could find. Enjoy!

1. DOG DAYS ARE OVER - Florence & the Machine
That bright uke intro. Those pounding drums. Florence Welch's lighter-than-air vocals. This is the perfect recipe to perk up and get ready to face the day - and crush anything it throws in your way.

2. A-PUNK - Vampire Weekend
This spunky song is sure to put some pep in your step, courtesy of Ezra Koenig and the boys.

This wonderful song written by bassist John Deacon for his wife is the very embodiment of good vibes.

Clap your hands and sing along as loud as you can! Winter can't stop you!

5. PENNY LANE - The Beatles
The Fab Four have quite the repertoire of feel-good tunes, but this picturesque ode to a street in their beloved hometown of Liverpool takes the cake. You can't help but smile.

6. AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG - The Temptations

The Motown sound is famously upbeat, able to make the gloomiest winter days feel like sweet summertime. This huge hit from one of it's most successful groups is no different. We guarantee you'll be belting that intro with newfound enthusiasm before long.

7. HIGH HOPES - Panic! At the Disco
Let Brendan Urie's fiery theatrics melt all that icy negativity around you.

8. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Even casual listeners will recognize all the references to Michael Jackson in this funky homage to the late King of Pop. It's also sure to get you up and out of the dumps, doing the dance.

9. ALL THE SMALL THINGS - blink-182
This good vibes here are contagious. Be prepared to be singing this the whole day, and feeling amazing about it.

10. FLOAT ON - Modest Mouse
Even if things end up a bit heavy, don't worry. You'll float on, alright?

We hope this playlist made you smile, and wish you nothing but positivity this winter. You've got this! What are some of your favorite songs to lift your mood? Tell us in the comments!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website:

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