Seasonal Depression: Why Are We Happier During the Summer?

What is Seasonal Depression?

Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), “is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Seasonal depression occurs in climates that experience all four seasons and tends to run from late fall to early spring. However, this can vary depending on the person. With days being shorter and colder, people tend to spend more time inside and become less active. This can lead to symptoms such as, depression, oversleeping, social withdrawal, anxiety and irritability. While this is not a comprehensive list, these are few of the common signs that someone has SAD.

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Life Lessons Learned from Our Chren Weekend 

Last weekend the two of us got to have one of our amazing friendship weekends. For us, a friendship weekend means we spend almost all of our time together going on adventures. We had the chance to do a Boston harbor cruise, hit up a rooftop bar, swim for the first time in 2022, walk along the beach and eat lots of tasty food. The picture above is from the harbor cruise.

While we spend most of our time together laughing and joking around, we tend to have some serious discussions as well. Even the first day we ever spent together we had a long and deep conversation about how we view the world. 

So, after spending all weekend together, here are the lessons that can be taken from our conversations with each other and with our other friends. We hope our readers enjoy learning from our reflections.

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