10 Facts That’ll Make You Love Autumn…

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It almost seems like everybody is talking about autumn right now… Over time, it has become one of the most “trendy” seasons. The colours, pumpkin spiced lattes and crunchy leaves underfoot probably play a big part in that.

Not feeling the hype? Lets take a look at some brilliantly odd autumn facts that could possibly help…

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1) Autumn Is Smart To The Heart

Quite the hypochondriac? Autumn is widely known by many researchers as the month we get ourselves an extra hour of sleep. This not only results in less stress, but annually lowers the recorded rate of heart attacks. Some studies have even noticed a significant  drop in car accidents too!

2) It’s Rare Somewhere…

Those who live near the equator miss out on autumn entirely! This is because of their regions getting a consistent amount of sun all year round. This fact alone means that autumn is something that not everybody out there gets to experience… Ain’t you lucky!

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3) Live Stronger & Longer!

Perhaps you are more excited about your birthday being in autumn than you are about the season? But you’ll be pleased to know that studies have proven how those born during this time of year are more likely to live to 100 than those born in other seasons. Feeling more grateful now?

4) Spiders Go Bonkers About Conkers…

Autumn is the all-dreaded famous spider mating season. But don’t let that put you off! No other time of year allows you to pick fresh conkers right outside your front door. They’re good to eat, to play with and even useful around the house… Though there is no scientific proof, the story is said that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders. There is hearsay that if a spider gets close to a conker, it will curl it’s legs up and die within a day…

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5) Autumn Thinks It’s Great To Mate!

According to the big guys in science labs, the levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest during autumn. Scientists have speculated that the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts. The difference in monthly levels of testosterone varied up to 31% for men. As a result, sex drive increases and men find women even more attractive than during summer months… Your dating life is about to get a whole lot more interesting!

6) Get Snug With Your Love Bug

If mating isn’t quite what you are looking for… perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that researchers took the time to discover that men are more likely to get cozy with their sweethearts and watch romantic comedies during the weeks of autumn… What a time to be alive!

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7) Your Chance At Romance

During Autumn, it appears that crisp weather is not the only thing in the air… An analysis of Facebook data found that more people change their relationship statuses from “single” to “in a relationship” or “engaged” in autumn than the yearly average. Though, in summer time, it is found that more break-ups occur… It’s Facebook official: love is in the autumn air!

8) The Cook –Was Shook!

Autumn brings you a big build up to bonfire night… and a whole lot of neighbour firework displays in-between. But did you know that fireworks were invented when a Chinese cook accidentally discovered how to make the early origin of gunpowder during the 10th century? The cook accidentally mixed three common kitchen ingredients – saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal which set light to the concoction… The result = colourful flames! That’s something to think about next time you watch a display…

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9) The Sun Is a Leaf Thief…

Throughout your whole lives you were probably told that leaves change from their natural colour throughout Autumn. WRONG! Leaves are naturally red, yellow, orange and purple. But during the spring and summer, they are just overpowered by chlorophyll which is a natural chemical that makes leaves turn green! As the sunlight declines, so does the presence of the chemical… It will eventually fade and take the green pigment away with it to give it’s natural colours back.

10) That ‘Time Of Year’ Is In The Atmosphere…

As Autumn begins to come to an end, we all know what is waiting just around the corner… And although you were just mind blown by that previous leafy fact – you’ll be pleased to know that Christmas trees are one of the only trees to stay green in the coldest, darkest of months. That’s all thanks to the needles. Pine needles are compact, watertight, and generally harder for weather and insects to destroy. By slowing everything down, pine trees can photosynthesise all year-round, keeping that chlorophyll at work.

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Time’s up! You’ve officially had enough time to fully contemplate your love for Autumn. Did these facts entice you enough to fully appreciate the season or did they just make your love burn even stronger? I would love to know your feelings about this time of transition in the comments!

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Where is Happiness?

I visited the location of where my big sister will be getting married today. Though the area will look much greener in the summer, and the weather will paint a lovely orange glow on everything, it did still feel magical getting a glance into where my sister/best friend will be marrying the lady of her dreams.

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It was not until I made it up the hill towards the lovely view when I realised that this area was one of the many places my dad would take my sister and I when we were little. When you’re younger, you never really take in your area the same way you do when you’re older. Your tiny, carefree world made you the most mindful you will ever be. Most often, it didn’t matter how you got somewhere or why you were there – the important thing was, you are there and each part of your small, innocent mind is taking that all in.

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Because what I do involves being an online influence, there are a lot of people that hold on to my word (which has it’s good and bad sides). A question I get a lot is “where do I find happiness?”. Though I am most definitely not always happy, I have moments where I notice my current state of happiness being particularly good for a long while. I often use that time to analyse what I may be doing differently. That child-like mindset I was referring to earlier always seems to be the answer. The moment I keep my mind out of doubtful worry mode, is the moment I am free. Free from stress, anxiety, pain, fear, misery… and most importantly, sadness. It isn’t easy living in the moment, but when you do, it sets you free.

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To focus on the present, we should always recognise what we have instead of what we do not have or what we had. It is very easy for us to be caught up in our own little world when life moves so quickly and change hits us hard. We begin to dwell on the old times and often forget that we are still living. Amazing things are always happening, the trick is noticing them when they are. Taking in key moments now, rather than later when they are gone is essential. Here I was, on high down hill, taking in the moment just as I did when I was little, and just as I will when my sister speaks her vows. The very same place that I enjoyed with her many years ago for a very different reason – playing in the leaves in our kiddie welly boots will soon turn into nervous giggling in our beautiful wedding clothes (and probably a cry or two on my part).

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Of course, with the good times will come the bad. It is easier to be happy during the wonderful times, for sure. But when the tricky times come fast approaching, what do you do or where do you turn? Believe it or not, these times play just as much of a big part as the good ones. Just like with everything in life… How do you know what your favourite food is if you hadn’t tried a number of different ones? How do you know what your favourite hobby is if you hadn’t taken part in a few? How do you know what happiness feels like if you’ve never experienced sadness? The moments in your life when sadness hits you like a cold, unwanted brick sucks… But people with the biggest stories, darkest moments and greatest accomplishments can put up the best of fights.

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You live life to grow as a person, and with each day you wake up, you form into the person you were born to be. Let every rough experience that knocks you give you growth, and let every marvellous one remind you that life is worth living again. Take lots of pauses, and even more deep breaths as you soak in your surroundings as they are today.

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“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…
not for another hour, but this hour.”
― Walt Whitman

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