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Weekly Wisdom 4-20-2016

Post Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The last few days have been glorious…sunny, about 80 degrees, and no wind (shhh…!).  Exposure to affects our moods and our health, both positive and negative.  According to,

…too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, (but) the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits.  Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin…associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.
At night, darker lighting cues trigger the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping a person feel sleepy and go to sleep.
Without enough sunlight exposure, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that is triggered by changing seasons.
A mood boost isn’t the only reason to get increased amounts of sunlight. There are a number of health benefits associated with catching a moderate amount of rays.
The sun’s benefits also include helping you fight stress, increasing your vitamin D levels to assist with bone health, preventing some forms of cancer, and healing skin conditions…more research needs to be conducted before sunlight can be a conclusive treatment for these and other conditions.

I Walk in the Sunshine

Adeline Foster
I Walk In The Sunshine
You live in the night
You're not where I'm going
My future is bright
I'll live in the sunshine
I've chosen the light.

Take a walk!

Getting away from your desk or workplace can boost your mood and prepare you for the afternoon ahead. And researchers from the University of Edinburgh say that taking a walk in the park—or any green space you can find in your area—can lessen your brain fatigue and frustration.

On these great sunny days, get out and take a walk!  Brighten your mood!  Get some sun!  Enjoy the day!





I write Weekly Wisdom as the Executive Director of Human Resources at Central Washington University. Having an eye for meaningful things, I include my own observations and thoughts, ideas I’ve recently encountered, and/or topics that are of current importance. I like to think that others will find reading Weekly Wisdom worth their time.  
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