I think I may have hit the motherlode when it comes to defeating the bug of the late-winter blues.
The next time you're in whatever shade of funk you're in, be it a blue funk, green, purple or pink, here's another surefire recipe for getting out of it:
Take two nieces and one nephew, ages 10, 8 and 4.
Add one grandmother and an afternoon at a fancy swimming pool.
Exercise patience and play every single game they want to play.
Praise their excellent deployment of creativity on the waterslides.
Indulge their desire for 'just another minute' in the hot tubs.
Leave before they're so tired they might get cranky.
Provide a sugary snack on the way home, again to avoid crankiness. Be sure not to give so much that you make them crazy.
Provide fun activities while you made dinner.
Feed the children well on homemade goodies, and listen as they tell the story of their day to your sweetheart.
Accept a gooey kiss from the four year old, accompanied by a spontaneous, "I love you, Auntie Missy."
Serves at least five days, maybe more.