Spring makes you happy
Do you fancy interesting and amusing things around the beginning of spring, the International Day of Happiness and the colour orange? Click on the headlines that interest you and enjoy the reading.
Spring makes you feeling euphoric, in love and just happy
In spring you could embrace the whole world with delight: The days are getting longer, the sun is back, and the colourful spring bloomers cannot be overlooked. No wonder, we are also changing. We feel full of energy and make new plans. What is the reason? Quite simply: If the daylight lasts longer, light falls longer into our eyes. This is a sign for the pineal gland in the brain to release less melatonin. The less of it circulates in our body, the more awake we become. At the same time, the level of the mood-enhancing hormone serotonin rises. This explains our feelings of happiness in spring and also the fact that we fall in love faster - euphoric as we are now. Of course, the optical stimuli of lighter clothing also play a certain role. Here are some comments about spring that we received from one of our surveys:
"I love spring because the girls are dressed lighter and show more skin."
"I like spring because I don't have heating costs anymore."
"The beauty of spring is that it always comes when you need it most."
And: "Spring just makes you happy."
If you consider that on 20 March not only the beginning of spring takes place, but also the International Day of Happiness, that's a perfect fit!
Flowers also make you happy. Go to the shop HERE.
On March 20th it says: Oh Happy Day!
Did you know that March 20 is the "Day of Happiness"? We don't know if this has anything to do with the beginning of spring falling on the same day. But in 2012, the United Nations decided to establish an International Day of Happiness and to set it worldwide at March 20.
On their homepage the United Nations writes that lasting happiness does not depend on what you consume, what you look like or how much you earn and that the world is full of opportunities to be happy. In other words, think about the positive points and happy moments in your life, whether it's health, a safe job, a lovable partner, reliable friends, the "miracle" of spring or simply a beautiful bouquet of flowers ... and be happy.
Flowers that make you happy can be found HERE.
Share your happiness with others
The International Day of Happiness is more than just another day of action. Rather, it reminds us that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human need. This also includes human compassion. Research results on happiness show the importance of our attachment to other people. Unfortunately, modern societies are build as if the opposite were the case. Although people surround us, we often feel close to almost nobody. The consequences are devastating. Nowadays, social isolation shortens human life just as much as an unhealthy lifestyle. We could change that in one day by stretching out our hand and at least establishing ONE positive contact with another person. In other words, let us use the International Day of Happiness to connect with people. Let's become active: personally, by phone or online. Above all, let us not forget that flowers also make people happy, and let us consider whether one or the other acquaintance would not be happy about a surprising, charming or encouraging sign of life in the form of a spring bouquet.
To the feelings of happiness in the form of flowers click HERE.
Our spring is the one of the North, elsewhere it is the autumn now
The beautiful season that is coming is the spring equinox because we live in the northern hemisphere. This is the part of the globe north of the equato It includes Europe, Asia, North America, most of Africa, part of South America and Greenland. Around 90% of the people live here, which means that we are now all looking forward to spring. Well, and what about the others? In the southern hemisphere, there are Antarctica, Australia, a large part of South America, the smaller part of Africa and almost the whole Malay archipelago. And for the 10% of the world population who live there, it is autumn now.
But back to our spring. Did you know that this name does not exist for too long? In the past, we only distinguished between summer and winter. In the late 14th century the term "springing time" was used, replacing the Old English word Lent. Well, whether "springing time", Lent or spring: soon it will be there. And if you are one of the many who love this season, now is the time to bring some colorful spring flowers into your home. They will finally put an end to winter.
Spring flowers await you HERE.
Spring comes with 40 km a day
Would you like to experience not only a first and second, but also a third beginning of spring? You have the choice. Because at the 1. March is the beginning of spring for meteorologists and March 20 at 22:58 for astronomers (and the calendar). The spring in phenology, on the other hand, only begins when nature is ready. This is the case with us when the first snowdrops bloom. The earliest spring arrives in the southwest of Portugal, while it does not reach Finland until the end of May. For the distance of about 3,600 kilometers it takes about 90 days, which means that it travels through Europe at a speed of about 40 kilometers per day.
And something else: The astronomical date is now noted in the calendar as the beginning of spring, but in the past it was always March 21. This date was determined in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicaea. At that time it was actually about the determination of the Easter date. But since this should always be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the beginning of spring, one had to determine the latter of course first of all. All right?
Our spring takes place daily. To the most tender spring bloomers click HERE.
Orange: the colour of vitality and joie de vivre
If sunshine and birdsong haven’t yet managed to rouse you from your winter slumbers, you should try some orange-coloured flowers. Brimming with vitality, orange is sensual, optimistic and full of joie de vivre. It boosts our confidence, makes us more open-minded, lifts our mood, stimulates our appetite and helps us to enjoy each moment to the fullest. People who like orange are seen as sociable and cheerful. Orange is also used in colour therapy to reinforce the immune system and to activate the body’s own defences. In the past, orange was not regarded as a colour in its own right, which explains why Goethe used to talk about yellow-red. But that did not stop people from making good use of this colour. In ancient China, for example, it symbolised change, and in Buddhism, it represents the highest level of human enlightenment.
Speaking of orange: the colour was named after the citrus fruit of the same name, originally from China, and probably evolved from the Dravidian word "nãram". In Sanskrit that became "nãranga", in Arab communities "nãrandsch", and in Old Provençal, the fruit was called "auranja", from which the name of the colour is believed to have emerged.
Browse our sensual, optimistic flowers bursting with joie de vivre HERE.
Orange: once obtained from blossoms, cow‘s urine, seed pods, leaves and lead
For a long time, orange was not recognised as a colour in its own right, and was simply referred to as yellow-red. Yet people from many different cultures spared no effort in trying to reproduce this colour. The Indians, for example, who used safflower petals to make a brownish shade of orange. Or the deeper "Indian yellow" obtained from the urine of cows fed with mangoes. The natives of Central and Southern America used the seed pods of the annatto bush to make a wonderfully luminous orange which the men used for ritual body painting.
The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were the first to use the leaves of the henna tree to make orange powder. The dye produced in this way varies between light orange and dark mahogany red-brown, and is used not only for colouring hair, but also for the hands and soles of the feet. And then there is the brilliant orange made for the first time by the Romans using minium (red lead). The Romans mixed it into the sand during gladiator fights to mask the bloody signs of combat. It was later used as artists‘ paint and, until recently, also as an anti-rust primer.
See our orange-coloured inspirations HERE.