It’s spring again — a time of rebirth as the natural world wakes up and revives after going dormant in the winter months. In spring, our days start getting longer, flowers begin to bloom, and warmer weather allows us to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Every season gives us cause to celebrate, but here are 10 reasons why spring is the best season.
1. Warmer weather
Just like some animals hibernate in the winter, many humans tend to practice their own version in the colder months as well. Chilly weather causes people to nest and want to stay cozy at home. This is especially true for people who live in climates prone to snow and sleet — going out may not seem worth the hassle. When spring comes and temperatures warm up, it’s exciting to put the heavy jackets away and venture outside in lighter gear.
2. There are more hours in the day
Once the time changes and the sun stays out later, you feel like there’s more time in the day to enjoy nature. Those with 9–5 jobs get to leave work in the sun instead of darkness. It also gives people the opportunity to play outside after dinner with their children or take relaxing evening nature walks among the trees. Longer days are just one of the many good things about spring.
3. More sunshine
For many, spring is the first time in several months when sunny rays break through a gray sky. Going outside and feeling the sun’s rays on your skin feels good, especially if you’ve endured harsh winter conditions. Spending time in the sun doesn’t just feel good physically; it also has many health benefits. The sun’s rays help our bodies produce vitamin D, improve sleep patterns, and produce serotonin in the brain, which can boost our emotional well-being — but remember your sunscreen!
4. Birds and animals emerge
The animals who took a much-needed nap over winter and those who flew south for warmer climates are finally back. Hearing the happy chirps of birds or catching the first glimpse of your local wildlife are certainly reasons to love spring. Not only that, but spring is the season when many animals reproduce. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a baby rabbit, deer, or skunk during one of your nature walks.
5. Delicious seasonal produce
Eating in-season produce is always ideal, as it tastes wonderful and can be purchased for the best price. While what’s in season varies by region depending on climate, most people can expect to find apricots, arugula, beets, asparagus, cherries, and other delicious fruits and veggies at their peak in spring. Spring is a great time to head to your local farmer’s market to pick up old favorites and find new things to try.
6. Time for spring cleaning and organizing
Spring is known for being a time of cleaning. There are both historical and religious examples of this, and spring cleaning has become an annual ritual for many households. This may include purging closets and donating items that are no longer needed or cleaning and organizing the whole home. It’s great to get your home in order now because once all the fun of summertime activities begins, no one wants to stay inside and clean.
7. Blooming flowers everywhere
One of the best parts of spring is that beautiful flowers begin to bloom again. It’s wildflower season in many places, with hills and canyons dotted with bright florals. It’s also cherry blossom season, and it’s a joy to experience the beauty of those delicate pink flowers in full bloom. Of course, flowers are more than just pretty and nice-smelling — they also nourish bees and birds and are an important contributor to the ecosystem.
8. Trees grow leaves again
Whether you wander between the trees in a forest, sit under them in a park, or admire the ones outside your own window, trees are a wonder to behold at any time of year. Trees go dormant in winter and lose their leaves. Then in spring, you’ll notice new growth on the trees around you, signaling the change in season.
9. Outdoor exercise
One of the best things about spring is that there are more temperate days that make you want to go outside. Spring is the perfect time for ditching the gym for an outdoor workout. The weather in spring is not yet uncomfortably warm, nor is it so chilly that you need to bundle up. Take a long walk, go for a run, or play your favorite outdoor sport — whichever you choose, you’ll love doing it outside, where you can enjoy nature and get some fresh air and sunshine.
10. You can open your windows again
Now that the weather is warming up, it feels good to open the windows and let a fresh breeze waft through your home. Fresh air is the perfect way to chase out the stagnation of winter. Not only that, but open windows allow you to experience the sounds and smell of spring. It’s hard not to smile when you hear a bird sing or catch the scent of a flower in bloom.
Noticing and celebrating the changing of the seasons has always been an integral part of human life. If you’re planning for what happens at the end of life, a memorial tree in a forest that’s being protected is one option to consider. Better Place Forests has locations across the country that are selected for their conservation value. We work to protect, restore, and preserve each one.
These forests are places where cremated ashes can be spread at the base of a personal memorial tree — a tree that stands over the forest throughout the seasons, changing and growing for years to come. You can visit throughout the year for hiking, picnicking, and getting to know your tree. Multiple people and pets can also share a tree, making it a place for the whole family to enjoy and build memories together.