Shortest Day of the Year

Shortest Day of the Year

by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Last Updated: December 22, 2013

Shortest Day of the Year

Yesterday, December 21, 2013, is the shortest day of the year 2013 for most living in the Northern Hemisphere.  I don’t mean the day is shorter.  The amount of day light hours (i.e., light vs. dark outside) is smallest on the 21st of December.

Longer Days

For the next 180+ days, the number of day light hours will increase each day (until about mid-June 2014).  With this extra sunlight, a great time to start doing something you have always wanted to try.  Here, I provide some ideas.

Some Simple Ideas

  • Join Okanagan Elite Athlete’s #TakeTheActivePledge and spend a little bit more time outside being physically active;
  • Pleasure read a new novel that has been on your to-read list (read outside!);
  • Go for a daily walk 30 minutes before the sun sets;
  • Plant a small garden on your deck/patio/backyard;
  • Help a neighbour or your neighbourhood pick up garbage in the mornings; or
  • Insert your idea/item/to-do here!

Now, with the days getting longer (“you have more time in your days”), there is very little excuse.  If you need help/encouragement/motivation, let me know.

A Call To Action

Have something to add to this list?  Your own thoughts? Join the conversation by commenting below or engaging in the conversation on social media.

Further Reading

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These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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