Outdoor living is popular for two reasons. The first reason is that spending time relaxing on porches and in sunrooms makes people happier – being in the natural sunlight provides an all-natural mood boost! The second reason is that sunlight has a documented positive impact on people’s well-being.
Here in Massachusetts, we get plenty of sunshine in the summer, spring, and early fall. Being in the sunlight helps you absorb the needed amount of Vitamin D, crucial for bone health. Sunlight also triggers the brain to produce and release serotonin, a hormone that helps people feel calm, happy and balanced. When we don’t have enough serotonin in our system, it’s possible to experience feelings of depression, moodiness, and exhaustion – a combination sometimes known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is sometimes treated with special lightbulbs that mimic the effects of natural daylight: these lights can be built into any porch or sunroom you have added to your home.
Sunrooms provide an ideal opportunity for children to observe the environment around them without having to go outdoors. This can definitely be useful for the busy Mom with young children. Sunrooms double as play rooms as well as great places to entertain adults!
Many people who enjoy growing houseplants swear by their sunroom: these bright airy spaces provide the ideal environment for indoor gardening. Creative people, whether they’re visual artists, writers, or craftspeople, are often inspired while sitting in a sunroom, as the multiple windows allow one to observe both the outdoors and the way light moves through the interior.
Sunrooms also improve the curb appeal They’re attractive and welcoming, ideal for anyone who wants to add an element of gracious living to their home.