Last time I did this exercise, I made sure to schedule it on a day that I expected to be nice. Today I had no such forethought, and it was predicted to rain off and on all day. Fortunately the weather can be a bit flippant at this time of year, and I awoke to blue skies.
Better yet, I was able to slip in some time in the garden. This may not have the benefits of social interaction, but it was immensely enjoyable to make progress against the weeds. In fact, this simple act – slipping out in the relative hush of morning to pull some weeds – was nearly as calming as a meditation. It was still chilly, but the sun and air against my bare arms felt freeing.