April 15, 2015
The flowers, the birds, the sunshine. They all have us glowing about the long-awaited arrival of spring! Did you ever wonder about this idea of “spring fever” and where it came from. Turns out the general sense of euphoria (and often romance) that the collective population seems to feel is actually supported by science. The excitement of getting outdoors and into the sunshine after a long gloomy winter may ”trigger the brain to secrete endorphins, pain-relieving chemicals that suffuse a person with feelings of well-being. Endorphins chemically resemble morphine, the narcotic derived from poppies.” This according to Dr. Jon Abramowitz, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of North Carolina. And in agreement is anyone who lived through the past couple of winters in NY or Boston! We are currently ecstatic to leave the house without a hat, gloves and scarf.
So bring the fever! We are all for spring’s warm, sunny embrace.