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Why Does Sunshine Make You Happy?

Have you found that you’re 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 

Take a look at some of the reasons here: 

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

Exposure to sunlight can increase the production of our happy hormone serotonin. During the darker winter months, a lack of light may affect our serotonin levels. This deficiency can be particularly problematic for those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and why those diagnosed may benefit from using a lightbox that mimics natural sunlight. 

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

Sunlight may help to improve our sleep, which ultimately will keep us feeling fresh and happy. Our body has a natural time-keeping clock referred to as our circadian rhythm, and we produce hormones that signal for our body to tell us when it’s time to sleep. Exposure to natural sunlight or bright light during the day can help keep our circadian rhythm healthy and improve sleep quality and duration. One study has shown that daytime bright light exposure reduced the time it took insomniacs to fall asleep by as much as 83%.  

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Sunshine can help with Vitamin D production. 

Vitamin D is referred to as the sunshine vitamin for a good reason. This vitamin is produced within the body in response to sunlight reaching our skin. During the winter months, there is an increased risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency, which can be associated with SAD. Since it is getting brighter, be sure to catch those rays of sunshine to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, and keep your bones, teeth, and muscle healthy! 

happy couple playing outside with child in the sunshine

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

Sunny days mean that we spend more time outdoors soaking up the sun’s rays, which can improve your 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 improve your mood significantly and even 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 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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