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THE NUANCE

The Science of Spring Fever

Why this time of year can trigger feelings of pleasure, pain, or a bit of both

Illustration: Kieran Blakey for Elemental

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. Flowers sprout, leaves bud, and the natural world wakes up from its long winter hibernation. Likewise, a lot of people feel rejuvenated as the days grow longer, sunnier, and warmer.

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Markham Heid

I’m a long-time contributor at TIME and other media orgs. I write mostly about health, behavior, and psychology. I’m from Michigan but I live in Germany.