From earlier this year, but good advice for this upcoming dark and wet winter:
A group of Helsinki residents started a free hugs campaign to cheer people up. A group calling themselves, “FreeHugs Finland” had been promoting for this day on the internet and over 30 huggers showed up! During a couple of hours over 1000 people in Helsinki got a hug and one woman told me it saved her day!
Check out the Free Hugs Finland Blog. Seattle’s got a reputation for being not the most outgoing place, but so do Fins! If a group of Finnish people can do it, maybe we can too?