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Let children get some sunshine: Editor's Eye comment
11:38am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
SUNSHINE, even just a little bit, lifts spirits more than anything else. It may be an old saying, but you can see why ‘spreading a ray of sunshine’ caught on.
A few brighter days and people’s whole demeanour changes. All of a sudden everyone is interested to be out and about and doing things.
Of course any sane person would prefer a sunny day to piddling down rain, but our changing climate means when the weather improves our related mood changes to a far greater extent than previously.
All of a sudden we’re more polite, more thoughtful and more caring. Perhaps we’re happier to help because it’s warmer rather than simply keeping our heads down in an effort to get through the torrential rain?
But, this doesn’t explain the fact that usually-miserable drivers also magically become more courteous on the road.
No, it’s clear to me we undergo a chemical change and are just far more friendly when the sun shines.
Add this to the highly-disturbing fact more children are getting rickets and it’s high time we all got more sunshine. I know the world’s got all jumpy about kids getting skin cancer, but it’s all about moderation. Even rolling up your sleeves from time to time would make a difference and up your intake of Vitamin D.
So, while I’m obviously not advocating anyone lets their kids burn, we don’t always have to immediately slap on factor 100 sun cream and a stupid hat.
Occasionally we need to let our children get some sunshine on their bodies and if we are lucky enough to see some breaks in the clouds this is the perfect time of year to do it.
Mind you, with the way our British weather changes, it’ll probably already be raining cats and dogs by the time you’re reading this!