The Happy Lamp

by Bill Brenner on September 26, 2010

With the days getting shorter, I’m on the lookout for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), something that hits me like a bat to the head each winter. I’ve written extensively about the medicinal therapy for this, but now I have a new weapon.

Meet my new friend, the Happy Lamp:

Erin bought two of these, one for me and one for Duncan, who also gets a bit crazy when the daylight recedes. To be honest, me and Duncan are highly skeptical.

But Erin spent the money, and her intentions are golden, so we’re taking this thing for a spin.

Here’s one benefit: Duncan thinks the two of us are supposed to sit right next to it for a half hour in the morning, so I get my snuggle time in. The boy may be 7, but he still has just enough squish to him that he makes an excellent blanket or pillow. So at the very least, the Happy Lamp gives us a bit more quality time.

My therapist thinks the lamp is a wonderful idea. He insists IT WILL work wonders.

I remain skeptical. But I do like the warmth it gives off.

I’ll let you know how this experiment turns out later.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

annrball September 26, 2010 at 2:03 am

I’ve been looking at these too, wondering if the changes in daylight are causing my vertigo. Let me know how it goes!

Erin Brenner September 26, 2010 at 6:02 am

Be open to it! Your therapy also said you needed OA, and you weren’t certain about that. Look at the wonders it has done for you. He’s got a good track record, your therapist.

rybolov November 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

The happy lamps are awesome, but you can DIY as usual by swapping out your fluorescent lamp tubes with full-spectrum tubes sold at most home stores. Try these as a replacement for regular bulbs around your house and office.

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