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Creating a Positive Team Climate: 20 Practical Ideas by Glenn Parker

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CREATING A “SUNNY” CLIMATE

We have thought for a long time that our mood is affected by swings in the weather. When the sun is shining, we feel better. When it's raining and gray, we feel down. These are broad generalizations that have many exceptions—not everyone reacts in the same way.

However, there is a documented condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) where people who are exposed to long periods of overcast weather can become depressed or lack energy. It's caused by lack of exposure to light and is not related to temperature. When people are exposed to ultraviolet light, their situation improves due, in part, to the maintenance of appropriate levels of vitamin D. The key is to get enough exposure to ward off those “down” feelings ...

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