Why Does Spring Make Us So Happy?
If you’re feeling extra energetic and ready to take on the world, you’re not alone! Scientists tell us that spring has the magical power to improve our mood.
Here is why springtime brings a little bit of happiness.
Let There Be Light
You’ll be surprised at what a little extra light can do for your mind and body.
Serotonin and Melatonin — the Dynamic Duo of Mood and Sleep
The shorter days and longer nights of winter raise our melatonin (aka the sleep hormone) levels. It’s no surprise that we sometimes feel sleepy, struggle to get out of bed, and just a little off.
When the sun finally shines in spring and summer, the light triggers the release of serotonin (aka the happiness hormone), and our spirits come alive again. We become supercharged, energetic, and ready to conquer the world.
The longer, sunnier days grace us with a generous dose of vitamin D, which is great for bones and the immune system. Studies have also shown that the vitamin can regulate serotonin and melatonin, potentially improving mood and lowering the risk of depression. All you need is just 10 minutes of basking a day!
Sunrises and Sunsets
Sunrises and sunsets have this incredible power to whisk us away to a world of calmness, melting away our worries and stress. They’re like a free therapy session, except instead of talking about your problems, you just sit back and soak in the beauty.
Life in Colour
After months of dullness, anything bright is a welcome sight. The vibrant colours and sweet fragrances of new plants and flowers increase the brain’s flow of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin — all of which make you feel good.
The warm temperatures give us reason to ditch those winter woolies and spend more time outside. We become more active and spend more time with friends and family, which releases lovely feel-good endorphins. Why not an in-park session and have some fun outdoors with your friends at a camp near you.
Spring Into Happiness This Season
Congratulations, you’ve successfully made it through another winter. It’s time to enjoy spring’s fresh start!
Show Yourself Some Love
Make the decision this spring to appreciate the little things. Take moments to meditate, journal, and self-reflect. Ask yourself, “What do I want to grow?” Start a new fitness habit, plant some fun activities into your life, and prioritise self-care.
This is also a perfect opportunity to let go of habits, people, and thoughts that no longer serve you. Embrace those emotions, tackle them head-on, and remember that it’s totally okay to ask for help.
Connect with Nature
Step away from the screen and experience nature. Go for walks or jog outside and soak in the vitamin D.
Picnic at the park or garden, get your feet in the grass, take in the airy, sweet scent of new growth, and bask in the warm, glorious sunshine.
As you breathe in, savour those serene moments and let go of all the stress.
Make More Time for Friends and Family
Those we care about most can help us feel seen, heard, and welcomed.
This spring, reach out to people who matter most and do something fun together. Meet up for coffee or brunch, take that road trip you’ve postponed for months, try a new recipe, or go for a relaxing walk.
And, if you’re feeling extra energetic, why not team up with a friend and conquer a workout together? Sweat it out, laugh it out — you’ll love it.