Ah, spring. It’s our season of hope, holding a promise that change is coming for the better. The river will “flow again after it was frozen,” Ernest Hemingway wrote of the season in “A Moveable Feast.”
Spring signifies coming out of the darkness. We’ve tipped the balance from longer nights to longer days. Equinox means “equal night” of light and dark (roughly), and through the rest of the season we can benefit — experientially and metaphorically – from more time spent in the light.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant,” wrote English poet Anne Bradstreet. “If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
The season nudges us to the prosperous outdoors. In her diary, Anne Frank advised those who could, to “go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.
There’s even some science to the joy of spring. Research suggests that for many people, the extended daylight boosts mood, well-being and energy. Dopamine – a neurotransmitter associated with attention, motivation, pleasure and mood – seems to increase with more exposure to sunlight.
It’s also the time for spring cleaning and ridding your life of detritus, those things you don’t need anymore and maybe some bad spirits. Decluttering has its own mental and metaphoric benefit.