Why cool down when you can warm up?

Opinion

Imagine waking up for school, ready to get dressed for the day when you check the forecast and it is freezing. You begin to layer as a cold day means a long sleeve and a jacket at the least. However, this does not keep you warm in 10-degree weather, causing you to still be freezing. Not to mention that the jacket you brought makes it too hot to wear inside, so you’re stuck lugging it around all day. On the other hand, warm weather allows for more fun outfits, better health, and overall greater happiness.

Death rates are much higher in the winter compared to the summer with a study from Stanford showing that the chances of dying halve during warmer months. It was found that if temperatures went up by 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit during Britain’s winter seasons, death rates would fall by 5%. 

When in an extremely hot climate, it is uncomfortable. But, when in an extremely cold climate, it hurts. This is because when your body is cold, your veins become smaller to restrict blood flow to certain parts of your body. That way, oxygen, and heat are mainly supplied to important parts of the body such as the heart and the brain. Muscles then start to stiffen, causing pain.  

Warmer weather is often associated with more sunlight, which increases Vitamin D and melatonin. Vitamin D prevents cancer and allows higher energy levels while also decreasing stress. During colder seasons, people have less energy because of the lack of Vitamin D. Another thing sunlight does is it allows people to be happier. Your body releases serotonin when it is out in the sun. During warmer seasons, your body produces more melatonin which allows for better sleep. More sleep means more energy and also improved moods, which is harder to achieve when it’s colder. People are more likely to have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which causes depression during certain seasons, such as the colder seasons. Fall and winter SAD specifically cause greater feelings of tiredness and laziness.

Colder temperatures cause blood vessels to narrow, which lowers blood pressure, while warmer temperatures cause them to widen. Warmer weather also allows people to be more active since it is easier to go out and exercise. Studies have shown that people, especially those who are younger, are drastically more active during warmer seasons than colder ones.

Speaking of activities, there is a lot more to do in warmer climates. Hiking, swimming, going to the beach, or simply going on a walk are activities usually exclusively left for warmer weather. Colder climates allow for fewer outdoor activities, other than those in the snow. Cooler temperatures force people inside, limiting them to activities indoors that they are already able to do during warmer seasons. 

People are also more likely to go on vacation to escape the cold weather than escape the hot weather. In fact, one in four Americans who vacation during the winter claim it was to get away from the cold weather.

The mediocrity and lack of enjoyment that cold weather offers do not compare to the many benefits and overall superiority of warmer weather.