National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21st. With all of this beautiful sunshine that Dallas has been receiving how could we not observe this holiday? The day recognizes summer solstice, the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere, and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.

National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows, and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.

Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.

Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many benefits for us, and Oregonians are known to be lacking this crucial vitamin. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body: helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, support the immune system, brain, and nervous system, regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management, support lung function and cardiovascular health, and protect against cancer.

It’s pretty straightforward on how to celebrate Daylight Appreciation Day. Get outside and spend some time under the safest nuclear furnace we know of, the sun! Picnics and walks in the forest are some of the best ways to spend the day, remembering that the year to come will only get darker with every passing day until we’re full in the depths of winter. If you’ve found yourself entombed in your cubicle, shoveling out work for others to go out and spent their day in the sun, take the day off and remind yourself that there is an outdoors. Go swimming, have a barbecue, get friends and family together, and have a great Daylight Appreciation Day! Just don’t forget the spf protection.

Enjoy the summer sunshine and let it into your home. After all, this is Oregon so enjoy it while it lasts!