It’s already been two weeks since our clocks jumped forward, and we still feel fresher and more motivated. But does more light really influence our mood?
Light brings satisfaction
Speculations about the effects of light on human organisms is abundant, but what has actually been proven? The fact is, light acts directly on our brain via the retina and has an immediate effect on hormone balances, or more specifically our serotonin levels, the hormone that influences our feelings of satisfaction and makes us feel good *.
Light brings happiness
Light has a strong influence on human moods and activities. On sunny days we are filled with an invigorating urge to be active and on gloomy days, we feel correspondingly weak and sapped of energy. The reason for this? Too little light increases the production of melatonin – a hormone that has similar effects as those of natural sleeping aids. This explains, at least in part, why we often slip into a mild (or more intense) autumn depression in the darker half of the year.
Light warms the heart
It is not just light intensity that plays a crucial role, but also the light colour. While violet, blue or green light causes the heartbeat to settle, yellowish or reddish hues enhance human activity. It’s no wonder then, that red is not only the colour of love, but also that of health. In contrast to conventional white light, warm light colours support the body’s resting phases and cause less stress hormones to be are released in the body. In contrast, I don’t think we need to explain why bright neon lights can lead to over-stimulation of the senses.
The bottom line: light really does bring happiness
We all learned at some point in Biology class, that a large portion of the plant and animal world relies on light for survival. The human body also relies on light, reacts to it and is even particularly sensitive to it. You don’t have to be an esoteric to call humans ‘beings of light’. It is of crucial importance that humans receive sufficient daylight. A healthy recommendation is 15 minutes of sunlight a day, which will give your body the amount of vitamin D it needs for strong, healthy bones *.
And what if the sun doesn’t want to come out? On overcast days, the right lighting can fend off the blues: the warm-white light of all of the luminaires by HOLY TRINITY® promote concentration and focus. Our LED lights also helps the body’s ability to rest and achieve a fully relaxed state for longer periods. So turn on the lights, and off you go!
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