There is something so exciting about the time when winter turns to spring, when it is finally warm enough to go without wearing a coat, or even seeing flowers for the first time. The changing of fall to winter, however, is not always as fun. You know what I mean, the time when it is so cold that the thought of leaving your warm bed and walking all the way down to west campus, or even the dorm next to yours, is the worst thought in the world. You might think its just you who these things happen to, but science has proven that different seasons bring different moods.
In an article from the Huffington Post, a psychologist from the University of Pittsburgh goes into detail about this recent finding. People commonly crave carbs and become more tired during the winter months. Our bodies also make less of the hormone which is supposed to generate feelings of happiness and wellbeing during the winter. When Scientific American was researching this subject, they found that dopamine levels in people were the highest during the spring and summer. Dopamine is linked to motivation and pleasure. This means that people were the happiest during spring and summer months. The researchers had a feeling this was because people get lazy during the winter and have more energy in the summer. In the winter I have no motivation to do anything and hate being in the cold. The warm weather is not the only benefit of summer, there is also no school and time for the body to relax. Happiness is increased by the things which come along with summer, going to the beach or vacations with family.