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Feeling happier? Spring is in the air

Spring is back this week!

Despite the snow forecast and temperatures under 0 for this weekend… Spring is almost here.


Let’s talk about spring and why this season makes us happier.

When is the first day of spring 2018, how is the date decided and does it change every year? 

Warm days and nights are far away at the moment, as Britain still battles some brutal winter weather despite being March. But when can we expect spring to finally arrive and for how long will we have to stand the colder temperatures?

There are two different methods used to determine the dates of the seasons, the astronomical or the meteorological method. This year, spring will take place between March 20 and June 21 according to the astronomical method.


The Met Office, however, tends to use the meteorological seasons. These are based on the annual temperature cycle and the atmospheric conditions. The meteorological seasons are also coordinated with the calendar and are split into four three-month seasons.

Using this system, the seasons are defined as: Spring (March, April, May), Summer (June, July, August), Autumn (September, October, November) and Winter (December, January, February).

By this system, spring starts on March 1 and runs through until May 31.

Why do the dates of spring change each year? 


The other system used is the astronomical method. This refers to the position of the Earth's orbit in relation to the sun, taking into account equinoxes (when the length of the day is exactly the same as the length of the night) and solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year).

Picture by Everton Machado

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons by when the Earth's rotational axis is at a 23.5 degree in relation to its orbit around the sun. By this system, spring starts on March 20 and runs through until June 21.

In this period of the year, we are happier and lovable 

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Springtime for most people means getting outside and seeing everything bloom, including us. Spring offers warmer days and lighter and longer evenings, which means we are more inclined to exercise and spend time outdoors with friends.

So... Wait for higher temperatures and enjoy your springtime!
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