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Good Question: Does sunshine really make us happier?

It has been one long winter, but this recent warm up we've been experiencing is a nice break from the cold and snow we've seen so much of lately.

Have you noticed the people around you are in a little bit better mood this week because of it.

Good Question: Does sunshine really make us happier?

After months of cold, nasty weather, a break.

That thing in the sky, the sun returning with warmth.

And with it bringing out the best in some of us that have been quite grumpy with the cold, but does that big bright thing in the sky really make us happier.

"Well it sure can't hurt," says Dr. Teresa Gevedon.

Dr. Gevedon is a UK Psychiatrist, she says she's noticed herself smiling a bit more thanks to the change in the weather.

While scientifically she says there isn't any evidence of the sun equaling a good mood, it can help.

"There is evidence that as the days get longer in the spring and into the summer that a lot of people who are affected by seasonal affective disorder tend to do a lot better," says Dr. Gevedon.

S-A-D, as its known affects between 4-6% of people in the U.S. each year.

For those that suffer from depression Dr. Gevedon says the symptoms can appear gradually or strike fast.

Symptoms include fatigue, lack of interest, social withdrawal, weight gain and a change in sleep patterns..

"Often, oh by after Halloween the days are getting shorter and darker with that decrease in light many people will find that their energy is down," says Gevedon.

While some people will need to seek professional help, Dr. Gevedon says right now some good ole sunshine should do the trick for others.

" I think that ought to be a universal prescription."

If you are someone you know is showing signs of depression seek the help of a doctor right away.


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