Wintertime…rare are the people that get excited about it, except for the snow and skiing fans. For most of us, the total of 89 days of winter equals harsh weather conditions and some rather short days.
However, winter is not all that “blue”. It is also the time when the Christmas decorations are lit, the trees are decorated, people are cheerful and hopeful about the new year - eagerly preparing their new year`s resolution, and kids are on their winter vacation and get to play all day long. It`s the time of hot cocoa and home-made chocolate drinks filled with fluffy marshmallows.
Winter is the time when you can literally feel the happiness in the air.
Although the days are happy, unfortunately they are quite short too. And what about when the day itself is cloudy, rainy, and moody? On such days, staying in bed *all day long* sounds like a dream coming true. If only you hadn’t got that job, or loads of tasks, obligations, and the endless to-do lists.
Well luckily from you, starting from the 22 of December the day starts to elongate. On that night, the day is the shortest and the night the longest. However, all that starts to change from that night on. The night becomes shorter and shorter. It`s how we all know summer is coming. Yay!
On top of this fact, because of the Daylight Saving Time (DST) – setting the clocks forward one hour from the standard time, you will also get better usage of the natural daylight. Yes, you will lose a single hour, but no worries, you will get it back in the fall.
When Does Daylight Saving Time Happen?
If you are putting your productivity and energy levels in the DST`s hands, put 8 March 2 a.m. in your calendar. It`s the date and time when most of America “spring forward”.
Why Is DST Used?
As if we have to explain this…we all want longer and more productive days *obviously*.
Aside from this, besides utilizing the natural daylight to the max, there are other benefits as well. Some studies even show some remarkable results such as reduced road accidents and common injuries (because of driving during daylight). And additionally, a decrease in crime.
DST was officially adopted back in 1916 during World War I by Germany. It was the first country ever to push daylight saving time into law, but other countries that also wanted to conserve coal followed such as Britain and other European nations.
The United Nations began practicing DST two years later as a measure to save electricity.
Now, although Daylight Saving Time has been used for more than a hundred years, its “existence” is threatened. More and more governments across the globe are reconsidering the entire idea of changing the time twice per year and are keener on the idea to have a “permanent” unchangeable time.
Now, this can be a good thing for people who have trouble getting used to getting up earlier in the morning. Yes, although we have more day time, we are *losing* an hour of sleep.
You can either get used to it or move to Hawaii. Yup, you've read well. Hawaii. Other than enjoying this tropical paradise, you won`t have to accommodate to the changes of the clock because they don’t do it!