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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunrise, Sunset: What's in-between matters

'General Winter'    (Public Domain)
When two Brigham Young University professors began comparing notes, both realized that they were onto something.

Physicist Lawrence Rees had all sorts of weather data, and psychologist Mark Beecher had all sorts of clinical data.  They set out to discover which weather variable affects people’s moods the most.

Turns out that sunshine is top of the list.  The amount of time between sunrise and sunset can greatly influence happiness levels.  This even holds true for rainy days and polluted skies, for “the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground” is what matters most.  “Shorter” days therefore coincide with a high demand for mental-health services. 


Copyright November 5, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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