Spring is here! One of my favorite months, however here in the Mid-Atlantic it is unfortunately too short most years! More often than not, we get a couple of nice weeks and then we go straight into that summer heat. However on the bright side, we had a very mild winter which I am extremely thankful for. Cold weather is a tough one for me, and there is scientific reasoning for that!
This article talks about how people are actually happier when the temperatures are mild (for most Americans- that means around 72 degrees F). Get out -- for at least 30 minutes. The positive impact warm, sunny weather can have on mental health and mood are real. Taking a trip to someplace warm in the middle of winter or lingering outside when spring arrives can be especially beneficial, with pleasant weather improving mood, memory and broadening cognitive style (openness to new information and creative thoughts) as time spent outside increased, researchers found. There are two important variables: how much time you spend outside and what the season is. If you go from winter to spring and spend enough time outside, there's a noticeable change. For weather to improve mood, subjects needed to spend at least 30 minutes outside in warm, sunny weather. Contrary to their initial expectations, researchers found that spending time indoors when the weather outside was pleasant actually decreased mood and narrowed cognitive style. They suspected this was perhaps because people resent being cooped-up indoors when weather becomes better in the spring or perhaps because improved weather can make normal indoor activities feel boring or irritating.
So with all that being said, enjoy your small slice of Spring and spend some time outdoors!