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Here Comes the Sun

March 18, 2009

Spring is in the air. The temperature is rising, the sun is shining and it stays light for longer.

Have you noticed that when these changes in weather occur people are generally happier? There’s a skip in everyone’s step and more people are smiling. The obvious reason is that people love the warmth of the sun and the look of a tan. While I think there is a lot of truth to that I think other factors contribute to people being happier in the spring and summer.

Think about everything that comes with warmer temperatures. People spend more time outside which is conducive to long walks, playing frisbee in the park, running or going for a bike ride. Instead of running on a treadmill alone or sitting in front of the TV, people go for a jog with friends or have a picnic with those they care about. Many people also consume more fruits and vegetables because they are cooling foods and fresher at this time. These seasons are also a time when people like to go on vacation with their friends and family to relax.

It makes sense that people would be happier and look healthier when the sun starts to shine. They’re getting more exercise, soaking up the sun which is high in vitamin D, nurturing their relationships, eating less processed foods and relaxing. People are getting a balance of primary and secondary foods!

In the upcoming weeks and months I encourage you to get outside for a walk with your friends and visit your local farmers’ market to pick up organic fruits and vegetables. Plan a vacation, even if it’s to a beach nearby with a loved one and soak up that much needed vitamin D—be sure to use sunscreen as well!

Get that spring back into your step! How do you enjoy your time outdoors?

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