Sunlight Makes you Happier and Healthier
Getting more sunlight is another way to be happier and healthier. Reduced exposure to sunlight can result in a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. SAD affects people who live in regions that are not exposed to sun for long periods of time. Their level of happiness varies with the seasons. They feel great in the Spring and Summer months and then get depressed in Fall and Winter when they have less exposure to the sun. Sunlight is one of the highest providers of vitamin D which is associated with an improved immune system and bone growth and health. Vitamin D has been shown to decrease the risk of colon, skin, and breast cancer by as much as 60%. Sunlight is also believed to help in the production of endorphins, which also help us feel happier.
Find ways to spend time outside. Take a walk or eat your lunch outside. It will energize you and help you be healthier and happier.