While some literal-minded souls may watch the calendar for spring’s official first day, most people have an unofficial way that they keep an eye out for the start of spring. Bird lovers insist that the season starts when the first robin alights on their bird feeder. People with green thumbs wait until the danger of frost has passed or a favorite spring blossom bursts into color. Fans of warmer weather watch the readings on their thermometers climb. Why are there so many different ways that people are eager to welcome the season? It’s a sign of the many reasons to love spring.
The Many Reasons to Love Spring
Spring is a season of rebirth, renewal, and reconnection. It’s famous for sunshine, green grass, and growing things. Take some time to celebrate the many reasons to love spring.
The Temperatures Are Just Right
Spending time outside in the winter generally requires bundling up. Lingering outdoors during the height of summer can often feel like a test of your ability to endure extreme heat. However, springtime temperatures are usually more moderate, which means they’re just right for relaxing outside and enjoying the fresh air and sunlight.
There Is More Daylight
Speaking of sunlight, there’s more of it in the spring, and it doesn’t just feel that way. After the spring equinox, the balance begins to tip in favor of daylight, and the nights begin to grow shorter. Plus, areas that participate in daylight savings time spring ahead in March, gaining an hour of daylight.
The Birds Are Back
Migrating birds return, bringing their colors and songs back to the area as they mix with resident birds. It’s a surge of vibrancy that can delight the eyes and ears of both avid birders and casual observers.
Baby Animals Arrive
There’s something about a soft, fuzzy baby animal that touches even the coldest heart. Spring is certainly the time to be on the lookout for new arrivals. Whether it’s a line of baby geese waddling along noisily after their parents, a cluster of baby squirrels scampering madly at their parents’ heels, or a trio of baby possums hitching a ride on the mother’s back, baby animals tend to be delightful to watch.
Flowers Are in Bloom
While there are flowers that bloom during other seasons, spring is the peak season for flower blooms. Whether you’re a gardener who takes pride in seeing your best work on display, someone who delights in assembling the perfect floral arrangement, or a person who is simply happy to enjoy Mother Nature’s show, spring is a great time to stop and appreciate all the flowers in bloom.
Taking Your Workout Outdoors Is Easy
Staying active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but doing the same workout in the same place can make it hard to feel energized and excited about getting your exercise in. Fortunately, spring makes it easy to take your exercise outside. Whether you thrive in classes or prefer to work out independently or with a buddy, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities to engage in physical activity outside. What if exercise isn’t part of your routine? Now is a great time to start.
Spring Produce Appears on the Shelves
Do you enjoy eating? Then the appearance of fresh produce on grocery store shelves is likely to be one of your top reasons to love spring. You’ll find tasty treats like asparagus, new potatoes, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, spring onions, and turnips. Of course, if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the sweetest spring fruit of them all: the strawberry. Spring produce can provide inspiration for a wide array of nutritious dishes, which makes eating healthier more appealing. Plus, with so many fresh ingredients to choose from, it can be fun to experiment with new dishes and new flavors.
Spring offers an opportunity to shake off winter’s chill and celebrate the joy of fresh starts. It’s a chance to reconnect with the natural world and appreciate both its beauty and its bounty. There are so many reasons to love spring. Which ones are your favorites?
P.S. For more spring frivolity, check out our blog post Spring Trivia for Seniors.
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