It's amazing what a day of great weather can do to lift the spirits. Of course I say this knowing half the country is buried in snow or shuddering in frigid temperatures. It's been cold in Portland too, but we've had several days without rain and best of all, seeing the sun has been glorious!
Kellan, Erik, and I have had lingering colds so it's nice to just get out of the house. Last weekend we spent time at one of our favorite urban parks. We walked, watched the streetcars go by, and Kellan tried to make friends with every dog that walked by. It felt like an early dose of spring.
It's no wonder we felt rejuvenated. University of Michigan researchers found spending time outdoors in sunny weather during the winter has all kinds of benefits, including boosting mood. A more recent study found there was not a significant connection between weather and mood, but ultimately concluded that people react differently to weather changes. I'm definitely a happier person, and so is my kid, after spending time in the sunshine after several dreary days indoors. I don't need a researcher to tell me that. Besides, it never lasts so we might as well enjoy it!