No matter what the groundhog says, today is the official first day of Spring!
Summer, winter, and fall may have their fans, but spring is clearly the best season. Even science agrees! Find out why in today’s Monday Morning Mojo.
This is why science loves Spring, we think you should too!
1. Temperatures Are Moderate
Spring marks the end of blistering winter and the transitional period to scorching summer. The Earth’s axis is angled between its closest and furthest position from the Sun, when temperatures are the most extreme. You can finally ditch the winter layers.
2. There Are More Hours in the Day
Following the spring equinox, when the Earth’s horizon is perfectly aligned with the Sun, the days begin lasting longer and the nights get shorter. That means you have more time in the day to get things done.
3. All the Animals Come Back
Many species of animals migrated south to follow their food supply during the winter. Once the spring returns, these animals do too. There is no better indicator of spring than birds chirping outside your window.
4. There Are Baby Animals Everywhere
Animals reproduce in the spring when food is plentiful. Farms are overrun with adorable chicks, bleating kids, and frolicking calves.
5. You’re Actually Happier
Exposure to sunlight increases the hormone serotonin in your brain, which makes you feel happy.
6. You Feel Energized
Exposure to sunlight decreases the chemical melatonin in your body during the day and increases it at night, which helps you sleep better.
7. Trees Suddenly Have Leaves
Spring brings growth back to plants and trees. A successful spring leaf growth ensures a cool canopy to relax under during the hot summer.
8. Plants Turn Green
It’s amazing what a little sunlight, moisture and warm soil can do for plants and grass. Plants convert sunlight into energy and produce the pigment chlorophyll, which turns them green. And it’s not just nice to look at—a 2012 study found that people who saw green before a challenge came up with more creative solutions. Spring’s green plant life will hopefully do the same!
9. Fruits and Veggies Are Ready to Eat
After staying dormant all winter and conserving energy underground, many fruits and vegetables sprout in the spring. There is nothing more pleasant than eating a peach right off a tree or a string bean from the pod.
10. Flowers Bloom
After months spent conserving energy, colorful flowers bloom in the spring, signaling to the bees that they are ready for pollination. And science has proven that looking at buttercups can make you happy. A 2007 study found that people in yellow rooms at cocktail parties were more lively and talkative. Spring’s yellow flowers could also lift your mood.
11. The Snow Is Gone
Increasing temperatures means that snow and ice will no longer plague your commute or lawn.
12. Your Pets Shed
Pets grown extra thick fur to keep themselves warm during the winter. As messy as it can be, when pets shed their winter coats, they are lighter and more full of life.
13. No More Dry Air
More moisture in the air means more precipitation in the form of rain. Sit under a metal roof during the rain for a relaxing evening.
14. You Can Open Your Windows
With warm weather comes warm air. Open your windows to allow the breeze to refresh your home.
15. You Can Get Your Vitamins Naturally
Sunlight triggers your body to produce the vitamin D3, which keeps your bones strong.
Enjoy the shift in weather, get outside, smell the roses and soak in those Vitamin D’s. You may just find that Spring is one of your favorite seasons too.