Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and to the ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth. This year’s spring season starts March 20 and ends June 21.
All over the world spring awakens animals, fresh buds bloom, and the earth comes to life again. Temperatures rise as the earth tilts toward the sun and the daylight increases as the days get longer. In most of the climates, rain-fall increases. Many animals reproduce in the spring, when temperatures are warmer, and food is plentiful. Baby bunnies, ducklings, chipmunks, squirrels, and other adorable animals are born in spring. Studies have found that seeing cute animals can have positive effects on humans.
Spring brings green growth back to plants and trees. Depending on where you live, trees may begin sporting new leaves as early as mid-March. That successful spring leaf growth ensures a cool canopy to relax under during the summer. Plants convert sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into food, releasing oxygen in the process. That means as plants start to grow in the spring, they pull carbon out of the atmosphere, providing an important environmental service. This is an important factor in keeping cities comfortable.
During spring and summer in Florida, the most beautiful trees that gain their leaves back and bloom are the magnificent Poinciana trees. The trees with their bright red flowers remind me of growing up in Miami, and I am in awe of each and every one of them. The trees lift my spirits completely as they demonstrate the beauty of nature.
The Benefits Of Spring
One study by a university found that spending time outside in the sunny spring weather is a mood booster and can change the way people think. The researcher found that being outdoors broadened participants’ minds, leaving them more open to new information and to be creative.
Several studies have shown that looking at flowers can make you happy. Another study from Rutgers University found that when participants were presented with a bouquet of flowers, it resulted in what scientists call a “true smile” a full 100 percent of the time. Seeing flowers had both “immediate and long-term effects” that resulted in elevated moods for days afterward.
Another benefit of spring is the many fruits and vegetables that are harvested this time of the year. Increasing your intake of more fruits and vegetables in your diet isn’t just good for the body, it’s good for the soul. A 2016 study of more than 12,000 people found that when people increased the amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet, they felt happier and had higher rates of life satisfaction.
Another study compared exercising outdoors with an indoor workout and found that outdoor exercise increased energy levels, made people feel revitalized, and decreased tension, among other positive effects. People who worked out in the fresh air also tended to say they enjoyed the experience more and would be likely to repeat it, suggesting that using nature as your gym during spring might help you stick with your exercise regimen.
Opening your windows and inviting the breeze into your home serves as an important way to ventilate indoor spaces, according to the EPA. A lack of ventilation can lead to an unhealthy concentration of indoor pollutants from sources like cleaning product fumes, certain furniture and building materials, and gas stoves which could pose a threat to your health and comfort.
Exposure to sunlight triggers your body to produce vitamin D, which keeps your bones strong. A European study found that people only need 10 minutes outside with a quarter of their bodies exposed to the spring sunshine to get an adequate daily dose of vitamin D.
The Celebrations In Spring
Spring is also a season of celebrations. The holidays celebrated during spring include April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Arbor Day. Spring in the Christian tradition is celebrated by Easter, which recognizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People of the Jewish faith celebrate Passover during spring which is when the Jewish people were freed from slavery to Egypt. In Europe, Mayday celebrations are popular and the maypole dance is a popular folk festival with the pole symbolizing sacred trees, growth and regeneration.
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“The spring came suddenly, bursting
upon the world as a child bursts
into a room, with a laugh and
a shout and hands full of flowers.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“April hath put a spirit of youth
– William Shakespeare
“It’s spring fever. That is what
the name of it is. And when you’ve
got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite
know what it is you do want, but it
just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!”
– Mark Twain
“Behold, my friends, the spring
is come; the earth has gladly
received the embraces of the sun,
and we shall soon see the
results of their love!”
– Sitting Bull
“Walk lightly in the spring;
Mother Earth is pregnant.”
– Native American Proverb
“The day the Lord created hope
was probably the same day
he created spring.”
– Bern Williams
“All through the long winter,
I dream of my garden.
On the first day of spring,
I dig my fingers deep into the
soft earth. I can feel its energy,
and my spirits soar.”
– Helen Hayes
“I want to do to you what spring
does with the cherry trees.“
– Pablo Neruda
“In the spring, a young man’s fancy
lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
“People ask me what I do in winter
when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you
what I do. I stare out the window
and wait for spring.”
– Rogers Hornsby
“Science has never drummed up
quite as effective a tranquilizing
agent as a sunny spring day”
– W. Earl Hall
“When spring came, even the
false spring, there were no problems
except where to be happiest.”
– Ernest Hemmingway