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Why Does Sunshine Make You Happy? Here Are Some Reasons

Have you found that you’re just in a better mood lately? And that your outlook on things has improved? Well, there’s scientific evidence to prove that there are reasons why sunshine does make you happy!

“It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say,

Sunshine, she’s here; you can take a break 

Because I’m happy!” – Pharrell Williams 

I’ve done a little research. Have a look at what I’ve discovered here: 

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Sunshine increases the production of serotonin – which leads to more happy feelings.  

Being out and about in the sunshine can increase the production of serotonin, our happy hormone. A lack of natural sunlight in the winter may negatively affect our serotonin levels. This deficiency is very challenging for those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and why their treatment plan may include using a light therapy lamp that mimics natural sunlight.

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Sunshine can improve sleep – which increases feelings of happiness and wellbeing. 

According to the Sleep Foundation, light is the most important factor affecting sleep. Experts at the Foundation state that we have a tiny mechanism in our brain called a “circadian pacemaker” that tracks where we are in terms of the day, sunrise to sunset. When light enters our eyes, a complicated system informs our “circadian pacemaker” which then communicates with our organs, letting them know whether it’s time to wake up and get going, or time to slow down and settle in for the night.

One more interesting side note – the earlier we are exposed to natural sunlight the better. Our body begins to track our day from the earliest moment of light, so it’s actually really good to get outside and get some sunshine early in the morning.

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Sunshine can help with Vitamin D production. 

There is a good reason Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin. When sunlight reaches our skin, our body produces this important vitamin, regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body. Now that it’s getting nicer outside, be sure to catch some rays of sunshine and keep your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy! Extra bonus – Vitamin D also plays a role in reduces the risk of certain medical conditions like heart disease, and has been linked to reduced depression and weight loss.

A Healthline report also suggests getting 10-30 minutes of sunshine during midday, a few times per week, depending on your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Experts recommend using sunscreen after you’ve received just enough light to boost your natural Vitamin D levels.

happy couple playing outside with child in the sunshine

Sunshine makes us happy by encouraging us to spend more time outdoors. 

When the sun is shining, we spend more time outdoors, which can improve our mood significantly. Research has shown that being outside in fresh air and nature for just 20 minutes a day is associated with greater vitality. What’s more, exercise of any form outdoors can lift your mood significantly and even enhance self-esteem.  

Sunshine reminds us that every day is a new beginning.

There’s something renewing about every single sunrise. We get a fresh chance to make a new start each day. No matter how difficult or challenging our lives might be at any given time, there is a comfort to be found in the rhythms of our days and a refreshing clarity to be felt in the presence of a beautiful sunrise.

So what are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy that sunshine!

“Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.”

Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky.” – Hafiz

Find out some of the things that make me happy here. Surprise, surprise! Sunshine is on the list,


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