5.28.19

Spring – The most lovable season!

Most people believe Spring is the best Season – I know I do! Summer, Fall, and Winter may have their faithful fans, but Spring is hands down the most lovable of the four seasons. Why? Here are several scientific reasons to love spring:

Temperatures are moderate – so everyone can get outside:

Across the seasons, research has found that taking walks in nature slows your heart rate and makes you more relaxed, but some research shows that there is something special about spring’s effect on your brain. A study from the University of Michigan linked spending 30 minutes or more outside in warm, sunny spring weather to better mood and better memory and it isn’t just a mood booster, it actually can change the way people think. The researchers found that being outdoors broadened participants’ minds, leaving them more open to new information and creative thoughts.

More Daylight:

The days begin lasting longer and nights get shorter. Daylight Savings Time gives you even more light hours to get things done. Those extra hours of sun can be a significant mood-booster. According to a 2016 Brigham Young University study of participants who were in counseling found that the longer the sun was up during the day, the less mental distress people experienced.

The Birds are back:

For those living in the relatively northern regions, there is no better indicator of spring than birds chirping outside our windows. In a 2017 study at the University of Exeter in the UK, they discovered that the more birds people could see in their neighborhoods, the better their mental health making them less anxious and depressed. Office workers can de-stress too by watching birds out of their window.

Baby Animals are everywhere:

Who doesn’t love a baby animal? Studies continue to show that seeing cute baby animals can have positive effects on humans. For instance, in a new study out of Hiroshima University in Japan they discovered that when college students looked at cute images of baby animals, they were better at focusing on a task in the lab. So being able to watch fluffy baby squirrels and bunnies playing outside your office window just might make spring your most productive season of the year.

Trees, Flowers, and Plants are Blooming: 

Isn’t it amazing what a little sun and warmth can do for plants and grass? We all learned in school that through photosynthesis plants convert sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into food, releasing oxygen in the process. So as plants start to grow in the spring, they pull carbon out of our atmosphere, providing us an essential environmental service. Plus, we get to experience new smells and beautiful color again. Depending on where you live, trees may begin sprouting new leaves as early as mid-March. Spring leaf growth also ensures us cool spots under trees to relax in during the hot summer ahead.

It’s easier to get Fresh Produce:

Many vegetables and some fruits are harvested in the spring. We can finally start getting our local asparagus, greens, peas, rhubarb, and other fresh produce. Getting more vegetables and healthy fruits into our diet isn’t just good for our body; it’s also good for our soul. In a 2016 study at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia the researchers found that when people increased the number of vegetables and fruits in their diet, they felt happier and had higher rates of life satisfaction. If they improved their intake by eight portions a day, the psychological gains were equivalent to the increase in well-being people experience when they go from being unemployed to having a job.

Open your windows:

Mild spring weather makes it easier for us to get the fresh air we need. Ahhhhh, opening your windows and allowing the breeze in serves as an important way to ventilate indoor spaces. According to the EPA, a lack of ventilation can lead to an unhealthy concentration of indoor pollutants from sources like cleaning products, certain furniture, and building materials, and stoves (especially gas ones), posing a threat to your health and comfort, so open your windows when you can.

Get your Vitamin D – Naturally:

Those who know me, know I love the sun! Did you know that sunlight triggers your body to produce vitamin D? And this vitamin keeps your bones strong. During the winter it is challenging to get enough sun exposure naturally to maintain healthy vitamin D levels, but that starts to change during the spring.  According to my Doctor, people only need 10 minutes outside with a quarter of their bodies exposed to the spring sunshine to get an adequate daily dose of vitamin D – so go take a break, get outside and soak up some spring sun.

Do you need any more reasons to love spring?

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