Come on, let's pretend it's spring, which is pouring down from the sky. The beech in it! - Loesje
In the past, autumn was simply called "harvest." The full moon closest to the autumn equinox or "equal night" is called the harvest moon. At the time of the equinox, the length of day and night is equal, twelve hours all over the world. In the following days the day becomes shorter than the night - autumn sets in. Before we had electricity and cities are lit up at night, the clear night of the harvest moon was very important to the farmers. Because of this light, they had more time per day to harvest their crops, hence the name harvest moon.
Just as spring is the start of summer, so autumn is the preparation for winter. After a season of sun, sea and beach, holiday feeling, outside on the terrace with a glass of white wine or a summer horse, BBQ and the entire nature at its most colorful, we prepare ourselves in the autumn for the mushrooms, acorns, chestnuts and leaves, wind and (storm) umbrellas, dark, cozy in the house, candles and hot chocolate, looking forward to the festivities of December. The all-predominant feeling of only wanting to go out in the spring turns into a feeling of inward - the thigmophile so called by Midas Dekkers awakens in us. We want to hide in safety, long for security and need to feel something against us. A low temperature outside has been proven to help you sleep better. Plus, it gets dark early, which makes you feel sleepy faster. Because it gets light later, you will probably also wake up later, so you will spend many more hours sleeping. Of course that also does something with love; in the fall, more people will change their relationship status from "single" to "in a relationship" or "engaged" in the fall, according to a Facebook analysis. On a personal level, there is also something remarkable. An American study found that people born in September-November are 30% more likely to live to be 100 than people born in the spring!
The differences are already announced in the colors of the two seasons. As fresh and green as spring is, so warm, brown and rutting autumn colors and the accompanying feeling. But there are also similarities in spring and autumn. Staying indoors in a cozy environment in the fall months creates a feeling of happiness just as much as being able to go outside again in the spring. All that cozy hanging boosts oxytocin levels, making you feel even more connected to the people around you. Once the summer is over, many people seem irritated. Still, the autumn weather is no reason to let our cheerful summer mood spoil and, just like in spring, you will find comfort in nature, the scent of earth and moss, the twittering of food-seeking birds, the orange, red and gold tones of the forest. Due to the global warming, we saw the beautiful autumn colors in 2013 already five days later than 23 years before. So get out while you can; on the paths, into the avenues, or find your way to Ede for even more autumn.