Get outside in to the sunshine and enjoy more happiness!

Get outside in to the sunshine and enjoy more happiness!

from the Huffington Post

Are sunny skies overhead the key to a sunny disposition? New research from the United Arab Emirates shows a strong link between positive moods and time spent outdoors in sunlight.

"This is just a pilot study and we need larger sample size but we found that behavioral change is associated with mood change and vitamin D status," study co-author Dr. Fatme Al Anouti, an assistant professor in Zayed University's college of sustainability sciences and humanities, told The Huffington Post in an email. "So participants who adopted a more outdoor lifestyle got better in terms of mood and vitamin D status."

For the study, researchers identified 20 individuals with depressive symptoms and low blood levels of vitamin D from a group of more than 100 people. Some of these individuals were encouraged to spend more time in the sun for seven weeks while others were encouraged simply to see a doctor, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported.

What did the researchers find? The individuals who were encouraged to get more sun "showed less symptoms of depression," Dr. Al Anouti told The National. "In this study we showed that if you improve your vitamin D level, you will improve your mood."

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