(NBC News) This winter has been bone chilling and back breaking, but there is a glorious light at the end of a very long and very cold wintry tunnel.
And it's an extra hour of light in fact, this Sunday, when Daylight Saving Time begins.
"This kind of winter just wears on people. Even if you've been robust, it tends to erode your spirit across time," said Dr. Scott Bea of Cleveland Clinic.
It's been so cold and miserable, the National Weather Service created a "misery index" ranking cities based on record-breaking cold temperatures and record-setting snow falls.
But the extra hour of sunlight in the evenings promises to give people a chance to get their blood pumping, and to get out in the world and see their neighbors.
"It's a way that we renew our connections, that we bolster our spirits, our sense of community. We feel a little bit less alone and that makes a lot of us feel better," said Bea.
And we need to feel better.
It seems the entire nation is ready for spring to come.
And it will, in less than two weeks.