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Between the short, frigid days of winter and the long, late, hot summer nights stretches spring. Spring can more easily be described by what it is not. It’s not too cold or too hot. It isn’t being stuck in the house for a snow day or going camping for the weekend.
Rather than not having any redeeming qualities of its own, spring is about moving on and moving forward with the year. It’s time to put away the winter coats, but it’s not quite time for swimsuits, so let’s talk about the reasons why we love spring so much!
1. More sunny hours in each day
The spring equinox marks the date when days start getting longer and nights get shorter. Aside from changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time, this means there’s more sunlight in the day leading up to those endless summer nights!
After a long dark winter, the extra sunlight is a real mood-booster. Expect to start feeling generally happier during the springtime as the days get longer.
2. Ideal temperatures
Spring is the perfect window between the frigid chill of winter and the scorching humidity of summer. Temperatures are usually mild, typically falling into the 60s and 70s, which is ideal for most activities.
It’s cooler than what you might expect inside a building but there’s no need for a thick coat to make it through your day. Spring temps are consistently within the Goldilocks range!
3. Spring is for the birds… literally
Spring is when the birds come back! Sure, there are winter birds, birds that stick around all year, building a nest somewhere warm and cozy up with tiny bird-sized mugs of hot bird-chocolate during the cold months, but who cares about those birds?
We’re talking about the birds that migrate south during the winter (living the dream!) and then come back north when temperatures go back up. Spring is when you’ll notice them coming back home. They’ll be all settled into their warm-weather nests by summer.
4. And the baby animals
Little baby bunnies, piglets, chicks, ducklings, baby squirrels. It’s also a good time to adopt a new kitten or puppy if you want a brand new one. Spring is when all of these adorable little creatures come outside to greet the world for the first time.
We honestly thought about making our entire list of reasons why spring is the best just a list of cute baby animal photos. We could probably still do that. We’re not going to… but we could.
5. Plants and grass and flowers, oh my!
All that sunlight (and the rain, let’s be real) has a huge effect on all the plant life. The lawns, which looked very dead after the snow first melted, are now starting to look like their summer selves—not as rich and lush as they will be in a few months, but spring laws and May flowers are a delightful and colorful addition to your life after the monochrome of winter.
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6. Delicious fresh produce
Plants mean that local, fresh, farm-raised fruits and vegetables can be added to your diet again. Lots of delicious things like asparagus, greens, peas, rhubarb, apricots, and pineapples are harvested in the spring, and many of them can be found at a local farmer’s market.
There are also ways to buy into a local produce delivery in most locations if you want fresh produce but you don’t want to go to market.
7. Increased oxygen levels
Plants feed on carbon dioxide and create oxygen! This means there’s more oxygen in the spring and summer than in the winter. The increased oxygen has some serious benefits, including increased creativity, clearer thinking, faster problem-solving, and overall better general health.
8. Going outside
Getting out of the house and into nature will make you feel more energized, revitalized, and connected to the larger world around you. Fresh air and sunshine aren’t just for kids who’ve been playing too many video games. Adults can also benefit!
9. Exercise better
Speaking of going outside, all that fresh air with increased oxygen is great for improving your workout! Whether you focus on cardio or you even lift bro, an outdoor workout is a great way to vary your routine and add all the health benefits of going outside.
Plus, if you’ve gotten a little lax on the exercise regimen during winter (and really, who among us hasn’t?), spring is a great time to start back up. It’s sunny, and the weather’s great. Get on out there!
Also, Cornhole is an outdoor game that can be added to your exercise plan. There’s no rule that says you can’t get out the cornhole boards, invite some friends over and start practicing for summer barbeque season, right? Spring: it’s basically practice-summer!
10. Open windows
If you don’t want to go outside, we get it. You can still benefit from the fresh air and sunshine by throwing open your windows and letting some air and light in.
Opening windows increases ventilation and decreases any indoor pollutants that could be hanging around in the air in your home. Being able to open the windows in spring and let the smell of rain and sunshine in is one of the best things about spring.
11. Spring cleaning
Whether or not spring cleaning is a thing in your household, you can’t deny the satisfaction of walking into a clean house. Set aside some time this season to deep clean all the spaces in your home that don’t usually get much attention—the oven, the bathroom, the basement, etc—and take the time to do a thorough job. This really is the perfect time to do so.
Looking for a way to pare down some of your possessions? Try out the Marie Kondo method to get started (only keep things that spark joy or are frequently useful to you), or if Marie isn’t metal enough for you, consider Swedish death cleaning (a process to reduce clutter and make sure your things are in order).
Now that winter’s finally over, get your cornhole board out and get ready for summer—but don’t forget about spring, it really is the best season of them all!