Sunshine on a Summer’s Day: Why It Makes You Smile

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Happy Summer Solstice, Sun Seekers! The longest day of the year is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of sunshine – a natural mood booster and a source of pure joy. But have you ever stopped to wonder why a little extra sunlight makes us feel so good?

It turns out, there’s a whole lot of science behind that happy sigh as you soak up the sun’s rays. Beyond the warmth on your skin, sunshine plays a vital role in our physical and mental well-being.

Here’s a little sunshine science to brighten your day:

  • Sunshine and Smiles: Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, a brain chemical closely linked to feelings of happiness, calmness, and focus. Studies have shown a connection between lower serotonin levels and depression, while increased sunlight exposure can improve mood.
  • Vitamin D Power: Sunlight is our primary source of Vitamin D, essential for bone health, immune function, and even mood regulation. Deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to symptoms of depression and fatigue. Soaking up some sunshine can help boost those Vitamin D levels and leave you feeling more energized.
  • Sleep Cycle Symphony: Sunlight helps regulate our circadian rhythm, the internal clock that controls our sleep-wake cycles. Natural light in the morning helps us feel more awake and alert, while darkness in the evening promotes melatonin production for a good night’s sleep. Feeling well-rested naturally enhances our mood and overall well-being.

These are just some of the reasons why sun makes us feel so good! It’s nature’s way of giving us a little boost of happiness and reminding us to enjoy the simple things in life.

Bringing a Little Sunshine Indoors

Even on cloudy days, there are ways to bring a bit of sunshine cheer into your life:

  • Light therapy lamps can mimic natural sunlight and help combat seasonal blues.
  • Bring in the light! Open your curtains and blinds to let natural light fill your space.
  • Embrace the yellow! Surround yourself with cheerful yellow accents in your home décor.

Sunshine All Year Round

And speaking of sunshine, here at Salvia Glass, I love capturing the beauty and happiness of sunshine in my handcrafted glass art. My Happiness Positivity Pebble Set, featuring a sunshine pebble alongside a “happiness” pebble, is a little reminder to carry a piece of sun with you wherever you go even if the weather doesn’t want to oblige!

P.S. If you’d like a little bit of my own brand of positivity straight to your inbox you can join my community and receive my ‘Sunshine Sunday’ email every week. Sign up here!

What are your favourite ways to enjoy the sun? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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