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At a time when the emphasis is on relationships and love, and the weather outside is, well, frightful, it’s easy to forget what a wonderful world we live in—even when the temperature is -20. Noticing the little details of our own lovely universe is a great way to draw us out of ourselves and combat the winter blues. We might be tempted to retreat into our warm, cozy homes and into ourselves, but winter offers what The National Parks calls “a beautiful night”: a different kind of beauty.  

Here’s a selection of delicate alternative tunes with thoughtful lyrics to help you dwell on the hope and promise of the world, even when the present looks bleak—as indie band Noah and the Whale reminds us, “Blue skies are coming.”