From where I am sitting, the view is great. The sun is shining. It is 70 degrees. There is a light breeze and a warm summer vibe in the air.

Yet regardless of what the weather is outside, when mental illness is an issue, what is going on inside carries more weight.

Did you ever get exciting news — you got the job you wanted, your boyfriend proposed, or you found out you were having a baby — and felt wonderful despite the rain pelting on the windowsill? Or in contrast, have you ever felt horrible even when it was warm and summery outside?

If you are suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then the weather outside can dictate your mood. But for those who don’t experience SAD, there are moments, experiences and hardship that impact us regardless of our external situations. Sometimes what looks beautiful, fun and perfect on the outside is detracting from what you are really going through.

If you are one of those people, then this post may bring you some hope and good news. Did you know, for example, that there are ways you can turn your life around and improve your mental health and your life satisfaction? Our top post this week will show you how. If you are having a tough time dealing with bad weather, our post on surviving the winter will help you get through it. It’s another week of great posts for all. Enjoy!

How Positive Emotions Enhance Mental Health and Life Satisfaction

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – We all know the negative impact of negative emotions. Often it’s a downward spiral leading to depression. But can we say the same for positive emotions? This top post shows the domino effect positive emotions can have on our thoughts, activities, and relationships.

Perseverance and a Rebellious Spirit

(The Creative Mind) – What does it take to achieve success? Even childhood prodigies won’t make it without this. Read what it is.

Why Exercise is Better Than Sex

(Therapy Unplugged) –  Things that make you go hmmm…This post is one of them. Why would Therapy Unplugged’s Sonia Neale get so worked up about exercise? Read this and you’ll discover how exercise transformed the trajectory of her life.

5 Strategies to Survive the Winter Doldrums

(Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood) – Fed up with bad winter weather? You may not be able to control the storm outside your window, but DBT Understood’s offering up five helpful strategies so you can take care of yourself and your mental health.

Neuroscience and Rama – The Quest to Know the Brain and Human Heart

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Fascinated with neuroscience? Learn about the book that this blogger describes as, “moving, stirring, (and) thought stimulating.”