Ahhhh spring! Why is it that we love springtime so very much? Well, according to mentalfloss.com, there are several reasons why springtime is such a delightful season. Of course, there are the common sense reasons, such as fresh air, fresh flowers, birds and baby animals. But did you know:
“In 2015, a pair of public policy researchers discovered a hidden upside to “springing forward” for Daylight Saving Time. It reduced crime. When the sun set later in the evening, the study published in the Review of Economics and Statistics found, robbery rates fell. After Daylight Saving Time started in the spring, there was a 27 percent drop in robberies during that extra hour of evening sunlight, and a 7 percent drop over the course of the whole day.”
Who knew you are safer in the spring?
And here’s another interesting fact, which I have experienced myself during the past few months:
Warmer temperatures mean you can spend more time outside without freezing your feet off, which is great for mental health. Across the seasons, research has found that taking walks in nature slows your heart rate and makes you more relaxed, but some research indicates that there is something special about spring’s effect on your brain. A 2005 study from the University of Michigan linked spending 30 minutes or more outside in warm, sunny spring weather to higher mood and better memory. But the effect reverses when spring ends, since being outside in the warmest days of summer is usually pretty uncomfortable.
That same University of Michigan study found that spending time outside in the sunny spring weather isn’t just a mood booster, it actually can change the way people think. The researchers found that being outdoors broadened participants’ minds, leaving them more open to new information and creative thoughts.
So, for my contribution to this week’s Len-Artists Challenge I have included a few photos from my springtime outdoor walks. Images that bring to mind the joys of SPRING.