Be happy in springtime

The sight of crocuses pushing their heads through the blanket of snow and turning towards the sun is heart-warming.
Mayrhofen im Zillertal, Frühlingsgefühle Mayrhofen

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After months of cold and monotone colours, we are all looking forward to the return of colourful, harmonious life. Experience the spring and the reawakening of nature with all of your senses and you’ll find yourself reawakened too! Read on for five tips to revive and reinvigorate yourself after a long winter. 

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1. Catch some rays

 

 

 

Germany’s Eurovision entry from 1987, “Lass die Sonne in dein Herz” (“Let the sunshine into your heart”) perfectly describes this point. Get out into nature, soak up the sights and sounds, and feel the sunshine on your face. When the sun is shining, we are automatically in a better mood. This is because the sun’s rays release endorphins in the human body. Endorphins are happiness hormones, and an important one of these is serotonin, which is responsible for improving our general feeling of well-being – it makes us happy. 

2. Get some exercise 

When it’s stormy and snowy outside then its natural to want to stay comfortable and cosy by a warm fire, or snuggle up with your loved ones under a blanket in front of the television. But now the icy days and nights are over. A good walk will stretch your legs and kick start your circulation. Walking through the woods can be especially relaxing - enjoy the fresh air, be surrounded by the lush green forest and savour the complete tranquillity. Studies have shown that walking in the woods has a positive effect on the heart, immune system and mental health. What is more, if you spend an hour a day walking at a gentle pace you are likely to burn around 240 calories!

 

3. Enjoy the colours of spring 

In the monotone winter months it’s easy to forget life’s colours. Nature is white, the trees are bare, everything is colourless. It’s time to bring back colour! Reorganise your wardrobe; bring the yellow, pink and blue clothes to the front and put the thick grey winter coats at the back. But it’s not just colourful clothes that can inspire positive feelings, pack your bags and take a short break in the Alps. Watch as nature unveils her spring colours, as deep green sprouts from the ground

Springtime in Zillertal
©Ursula Aichner
Springtime in Zillertal
©Ursula Aichner
Springtime in Zillertal
©Dominic Ebenbichler

4. Drink plenty of water

Water is life and sustains life. 72% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, the human body is around 70% water and 92% of human blood is water. Humans can only survive around three days without water. Just these simple facts prove exactly how important water is in our lives. After oxygen, it is the substance we rely on most. But not all water is the same. If you have ever been on holiday to the Ziller Valley, you will know the taste and quality of our water. To stay fit and healthy until old age we need to regularly drink good quality water: it is the purest form of medicine. Calculate how much water you should be drinking with this easy formula: body weight x 0.04 = amount in litres (pure water without gas!). 

 

5. Indulge in some springtime passion

Walking through lush forests, enjoying the sounds of spring, wearing a smile on your face, and spending time with that special someone – that is the secret to enjoying life and being happy! A passionate kiss will give you butterflies in your tummy and make your knees feel weak. Your heart will beat faster (up to 110 beats a minute) and your lungs will be strengthened. In comparison to the usual 20 breaths, we take around 60 breaths per minute when we are kissing. Kissing also activates 38 muscles, preventing and smoothing wrinkles. Health guru Hademar Bankhofer lists many more benefits of kissing on the body, mind and soul. Fact is: kissing is healthy and it makes us happy!