Photo by Susan Emig

Photo by Susan Emig

Feeling happier…and can’t figure out why? Feel a bit of a bounce in your step?…although that sounds kind of silly.  Catch yourself humming a song?  Well…don’t be afraid to admit to this.  You’re not being silly or neurotic.  Many people are affected by the amount of light we get each day.  For many, especially in the northeast this last winter, it has been exceptionally gray and sunless.  I have described this winter as feeling like I was living in an Ansel Adams photograph.  Sure, black and white has its drama…but I know I thrive on color.

Sunny days and more hours in the day of available sun, does make a difference in the moods of many people.  Many people complain of suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Research on this topic is inconclusive, but anecdotal reports are plentiful.  Several companies produce light lamps and light bulbs to mitigate SAD. Now, it’s April, we’re on Daylight Savings Time, we’re seeing more hours of light and sun.  Mainly, we can get out into it too.

Feeling more filled with ideas about things to do and places to go is a natural.  We are all awakening from the winter just as the trees, plants and animals.  Planning a trip? Need a travel buddy? Want a golf or tennis partner?  And of course…the proverbial Romance is in the Air!

Happy Spring to all.  Enjoy all the colors of your life.

By Elaine Rodino


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About erodino

Elaine Rodino, PhD., is CEO of Senior Premier Dating LLC, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists. Dr. Rodino is a past president of the APA Divisions of Independent Practice, The Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Foundation of LACPA, and recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Media Psychology Award, and the Distinguished Service Award to LACPA. She has appeared on T.V. and radio and contributes to magazines, newspapers and online health sites on issues regarding Couples, Relationships, Sandwich Generation, Holiday Blues, and other popular topics.

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