The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

How the Sunlight of Summer Affects Mood

Kimberly Krause 
Professor Joan Bruckwicki 
ENGL 1301.071
December 21, 2015 
How the Sunlight of Summer Affects Mood
The shining sun of summer compels people to head outdoors, where the solar panel like system of the body utilizes the rays to boast the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin and suppresses the sleep inducing hormone melatonin, leaving them feeling energized and refreshed. In contrast, a rainy day makes people slow down and want to curl up inside with a blanket. The fact that people are happier when the sun shines is not just an old wives tale, but is an actual proven fact. The sun affects chemicals and hormones in the body that play a role in mood. In fact, taking a day on the beach does not only make the skin nice and tan, but creates feelings of happiness.
When sunshine rays hit the skin, the body recognizes this as a signal to regulate the chemicals serotonin and melatonin. As light increases, impulse levels of the neurotransmitter in the body also increases. Christie Wilcox gives a clarifying explanation of how serotonin works as a neurotransmitter. “It regulates signal intensity. Think of it like a volume control on a stereo: serotonin changes how efficiently neurons communicate with each other, making other signals louder or softer. Most often, it accompanies other transmitters, changing a neuron’s response to that particular signal. Because of this, it’s used by all kinds of nerve cells all over the body, and serotonin levels can dramatically alter our behavior” (para. 4). As sunlight increases, serotonin increases, and therefore has a positive effect on mood.
Although serotonin is one of the major components to regulate the chemicals, melatonin is also very important. Melatonin regulates sleep, and it can be more accurately described as the sleep hormone. As the sunlight pours in, the melatonin levels drop which maintain a healthy sleep pattern. Just as an imbalance of serotonin causes both positive and negative effects, so melatonin requires a balance. When the hormone rises, some experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is that nasty culprit for extra tiredness and winter depression. A healthy balance of melatonin improves a night’s sleep.
Summer is most generally the best time of the year to optimize sun exposure. Deborah Kotz suggests in her article, Host of Health Benefits Attributed to Sunlight, thirty minutes a day is generally a good amount of time to achieve a happier outlook while still caring for the skin’s health (para. 4). With all the activities of summer, it is not hard to get the thirty minutes of sun. It is convenient that sunlight is generally a sign of warm weather, which most people tend to enjoy.
If the outlook on life can be so dramatically altered from just more or less sunlight, then getting out to enjoy the sun should be kept as an enjoyable routine. The sun’s potent effect on the body can be positive or negative. Therefore, balance of the body’s chemicals is key to thriving and feeling energetic. Summer can be filled with lots of fun. Soaking up the sun is another way to enjoy this beautiful time of the year, while maintaining ultimate health and cheerfulness.

Works Cited
Kotz, Deborah. “Host of Health Benefits Attributed to Sunlight.” Health US News. 24 June 2008. Web. 21 December 2015

Wilcox, Christie. “Understanding Our Bodies: Serotonin, the Connection Between Food and Mood.” Nutrition Wonderland. 24 June 2009. Web. 6 January 2016