Daylight Savings: Longer Days, Happier People

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There’s a reason why those that live in Alaska enduring 6 months of total darkness end up needing sun lamps, the full spectrum lights that help account for loss of vitamin D. It’s also not a surprise that all the rain and cloudy days won Seattle a spot on Business Weekly’s America’s Unhappiest Cities list.

Surprisingly enough Alaska ranked the third happiest state in the country according to the most recent Gallup pole. This is due to the fact fish is one of their number one sources of food, rich of course in necessary Omegas.

However, seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is a condition that affects 9% of those living in Fairbanks, Alaska according to a WebMD article. And it is also reported that the following cities are supposed to be the saddest cities to live in the country.

Top 10 Unhappiest Cities according to Men’s health:

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  2. Detroit, Michigan
  3. St. Petersburg, Florida
  4. St. Louis, Missouri
  5. Tampa, Florida
  6. Indianapolis, Indiana
  7. Mesa, Arizona;  Phoenix, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona (tied)
  8. Cleveland, Ohio
Winter months mean shorter days, longer nights, and the potential to get the “winter blues.” While some of us live in sunny weather, longer nights still pose a potential threat for depression sufferers or at the very least exacerbate the symptoms. Especially if most of us work a 9-5 and by the time we get off work, we’ve missed our daily sunshine. According to the Science Channel, sunlight boosts levels of not only vitamin D, but promotes higher levels of serotonin, which is directly related to feelings of happiness. Melatonin, which is needed to help you sleep well is also increased with sun exposure. Now that spring is here, daylight savings means longer days, more sunshine, therefore more opportunities to rid oneself of the “unhappy bug” and cheer up.

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