Five Reasons the Cold Doesn’t Suck

From keeping you slim to preventing natural disasters, the cold comes with some surprising benefits.

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Cold weather takes a lot of heat, and perhaps rightfully so: It’s slippery, it’s gloomy, it’s wet, it’s icy and it turns our bodies into sickly, dried-out raisin people. After all, there’s a reason why some animals just say “screw it” and hibernate through the winter. But bad mouth the cold at your own peril: Sure, it might force you indoors and freeze your eyeballs, but the truth is, it does a lot of good, too.

The Cold Makes You Slim
The cold is like steroids for your brown fat, which is your good fat. The colder you are, the more brown fat your body generates. Fortunately for your winter body, that means metabolic balance, lower blood sugar levels and less bad fat, like that inner-tube around your grandpapa’s gut.

The Cold Makes You Happy
Cold water jolts the happy place in your brain, and if you’re suffering from depression, it’s particularly useful, releasing a combo platter of hormones and endorphins — including an antidepressant called noradrenalin — to help put a smile on your face.

The Cold Makes Radical Waves
Cold Alaskan air makes for some righteous Hawaiian waves. Most of the year, Hawaii’s surf comes from New Zealand. But during the winter months, hurricane-strength storms in the north Pacific — i.e., the greater Alaska area — result in Hawaiian swells that can reach 60 feet.
Surf looks good!

The Cold Makes Energy
Admittedly, cold fusion is still highly theoretical. It’s also not that cold, checking in at room temperature. But it’s way cooler — and produces way less radioactive waste — than regular fusion (which is six times the temperature of the sun). If cold fusion ever does come to pass, it could solve all of the world’s energy woes, which also makes it pretty darn cool.

The Cold Prevents Natural Disasters
Where would arena rock be without the fog machine? Nowhere, that’s where. Dry ice, however, serves an even higher purpose. The U.S. government used it during a program back in 1962 called Project Stormfury to manufacture storms to better learn how to weaken hurricanes.