What is it about spring that makes us so happy?

Have you noticed how you and those around you have a certain spring in your step? This time of year is often thought of as the period when we feel most positive.

In fact, spring is so inextricably linked with a more sunny outlook on life, that some countries actually adopt the 1st of September as International Happiness Day.

What is it about this time that makes us feel more energetic?

Obviously most important is the combination of increased light and warmth. When it’s dark outside, our melatonin levels rise and cause us to feel sleepy. That means we have to work harder to stay alert during the short days and the longer nights.

The arrival of spring brings more daylight, so we can enjoy the energy that is no longer needed to fight off drowsiness. The increased light also triggers the release of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps us feel happier.

The rising temperature means we’re more likely to be active, and as a result we release endorphin, the hormone that minimizes pain and boosts mood.

We also tend to socialize more and numerous studies have shown that positive social contact is closely linked to a sense of well being.

Furthermore, when we laugh with friends, we release endorphin, and when we hug those we love, we release oxytocin, another mood-enhancing chemical.

Besides the change in nature, spring is also traditionally noticed for cleaning out house and home.  Instead of focusing on cleaning out around you, make time to de-clutter your life.  Rid yourself of the toxins an negative influences in your life.  Stop focusing on all the negative happening around you and change your outlook to that of happiness, positivity and love.

And spring might just put the spring back into your step this year.