The 7 Health Reasons You Should Live In a Sunny State

nkats, Mar 2, 2022

A jogger stops to celebrate the sun shining over a city.

People have different definitions of the ideal location for a home. However, a vast majority would likely prefer a climate with lots of sunny days. Sunshine is almost always preferable to rain, snow, and clouds because it makes spending time outside possible (and pleasant).

Sunny locations make it possible to get outside for physical activities, but the mental and physical health benefits go well beyond that. People with mental health conditions, as well as skin, immune system, and vitamin deficiency issues can benefit from a sunny climate. If you plan to sell your house, it makes sense to find a location with lots of sunshine if you plan to move or relocate.

Where are these places? Sunshine is common in different regions. However, one of the sunniest places in America is Austin, Texas, which gets more than 300 sunny days per year, on average. This attractive climate is one of the reasons Austin is growing in popularity. It also has a diverse range of districts, including beautiful centrally located neighborhoods and suburbs with more open spaces.

Here is a closer look at the health benefits of living in a sunny location like Austin.

1. It’s Good for Your Mental Health

A sunny climate can positively impact your mental health. Studies show that outdoor activities positively impact the psychology of people with depression. Furthermore, cold or cloudy seasons can impact mental health, causing or worsening depression in people with seasonal affective disorder.

There is even biochemical evidence that supports the link between sunlight and mental health. Research shows that exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin production, enhancing your mood naturally.

The best places to live for mental health will have sunshine on most days. In addition to soaking up rays, pleasant weather also makes it easier for people to get out and enjoy socializing, which is another essential aspect of good mental health.

In short, people with mental health or mood disorders can benefit from living in a sunny location.

2. It Prompts You to Exercise

The CDC recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. If you live in a sunny area, this threshold is easy to cross. For example, brisk walking, bike riding, and even taking a stroll with the dog count towards the two-and-a-half hours of exercise. The agency even considers tending a garden as a form of moderate exercise. And, if you live near a lake, paddling or swimming could be part of your fitness regimen.

Some outdoor activities are possible in cold, cloudy, wet weather, but it will be harder to get the consistent exercise you need unless you live in a sunny climate.

3. A Little Sun Is Good for Your Eyes

Sunlight contains UV rays, which can damage the eye. Proper precautions, such as wearing hats or sunglasses, can help protect against this danger.

At the same time, studies have shown that a little exposure can reduce your chances of developing myopia (more commonly known as nearsightedness). One study showed that kids who spent 40 extra minutes outside each day had a lower chance of needing corrective lenses later in life.

The American Optometric Association reports that nearsightedness stems from insufficient sunlight and genetic factors. Vision problems are often caused by the shape of the eye, and a lack of sunlight may cause reshaping which leads to myopia.

Outdoor activities on sunny days can help protect against vision problems, provided you take proper precautions to protect against UV rays.

4. Moderate Exposure Is Good for Your Skin

Sun can damage your skin and lead to issues like skin cancer. However, if you apply sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher, you can protect against sunburn and this type of lasting damage.

With proper precautions, you can take full advantage of a sunny climate without worrying about skin issues. Sunlight can help improve several common skin ailments, including psoriasis and eczema.

UVB rays from sunlight, in moderate doses, can help with psoriasis symptoms because it slows down skin cell growth, which reduces inflammation. Furthermore, vitamin D, which most people get through exposure to sunlight, can help with skin health.

5. The Sun Tells Your Body When To Sleep

According to the Sleep Foundation, light affects your 24-hour “body clock,” which is known as your circadian rhythm in scientific terms. The sleep/wake cycle is regulated by a part of the brain that gets information about light from the eye.

Interestingly, artificial light can throw off your circadian rhythm, so natural light is necessary for developing and maintaining healthy sleep patterns.

The Sleep Foundation also links a lack of sunlight and melatonin production. The body starts producing melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate the sleep cycle, in the absence of light. This is why a lack of sunlight, even during the daytime, may sometimes make you feel drowsy or lethargic.

6. Vitamin D Helps Keep Your Bones Strong

You are likely aware of the link between vitamin D and the sun. Sunlight does not contain vitamin D, but the skin manufactures the substance when exposed to sunlight. This is the primary way most people get vitamin D. It is not in many foods, so you need to get it from a supplement or sunlight.

Why is vitamin D necessary? It helps the body absorb calcium, a vital mineral, from the food you eat. Calcium absorption is essential for bone, skin, and immune system health.

7. It Gives Your Immune System a Boost

People often focus on the negative aspects of sunlight, such as UV rays. However, studies have shown that sunlight improves immune system function. It stimulates T cells on the skin, which target microbes and other unwanted substances that you might otherwise absorb through your skin.

Of course, a sunny climate also helps establish sleep patterns and gives more opportunities for fitness activities, both of which are also necessary for proper immune system function.

There are multiple mental and physical health benefits to living in a sunny location like Austin. If you are relocating to a sun-rich climate, you might consider finding a neighborhood that allows you to maximize your time outside. For example, you may choose to find a home by a lake. This setting will give you ample opportunity to engage in healthy activities on and next to the water.

About the Author

Last updated: 03/08/2022

2100+ Client reviews!

Joe was recommended to us by a friend he assisted with buying a house, and he has been amazingly kind and helpful to us since our first meeting. Joe is patient and prompt, gives excellent advice, knowledgeable of the market, and does not hesitate when it comes to highlighting the pros/cons of an area. He researches and gathers an incredible amount of information on every property we see. Joe’s expertise in the market’s geographic area was instrumental in determining a competitive purchase price while also considering the future resale value for the area. In addition, Joe was ALWAYS available for home tours, his delivery of the information was straightforward, and he was involved in all aspects of the closing. I will definitely recommend Joe to everyone I know, and I look forward to working with him again in the near future!

BOOM!!! ***BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT*** TARA MCGUIRE

The wife and I had a desire to move based on school districts. We explored 3 different scenarios and ultimately landed on a house in the Driftwood area. Tara was always there to support our questions (there were a lot), tour properties (there were even more) and provide a suggested list of vendors to assist with all of the nuances of buying a home. The last 6 weeks were a blur, but with the expert level service and knowledge from Tara we were prepared for every step! Thank you Tara McGuire for making this journey the best!

Words can’t express how amazing Kasey and Kim. From start to finish the process was seamless. Kasey was transparent from the beginning, knowledgeable and extremely responsive. This could have been a stressful process, but they made us feel well taken care of and informed at every step!

Kasey & Kim are simply the best.
My husband & I just closed on our very first home together & Kasey & her assistant Kim were there from the very beginning. Through the highs & lows that this Austin market brought us, they went above & beyond to educate us, encourage us, & even talk us off a ledge or two. Ultimately they found our dream home in a dream neighborhood! We were already so impressed by the team but then Kasey’s real talent shined through with negotiations, best practices, & help through the very complicated closing details that come with being a first-time home buyer. Kim spent countless hours making sure that our home was perfect & would come to meet us at the drop of a hat when we needed her.
Kasey & Kim are extremely prompt in responding to calls, emails, & texts – they both went above and beyond to help meet our expectations. We feel very fortunate to have found Kasey & Kim, and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for their next home.

Tara McGuire of Bramlett did an excellent job marketing and selling our listing.  She was able to generate a phenomenal amount of showings and help us find just the right buyer for our our property.  Bramlett did a great job helping us stage the property and provided excellent guidance through the entire process including closing.  Highly recommended.

I recently contacted Eric Bramlett Realty to assist me in buying a house because I knew they had extensive experience in the Austin area. Linda Baddour was the agent assigned to me and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. Linda is very knowledgeable and proactive. She didn’t hesitate to ask questions and find answers for the homes that we were looking at. I never felt like I had to manage the situation myself, she was always one step ahead. This was my third home purchase in the area and I will definitely call Linda Baddour again if I ever decide to move. I can’t recommend her enough!

Becky was fantastic to work with!

“Mr. Engberg is an exceptional gentleman with very high morals and integrity. He conducted and handled the whole process with the skill of a true professional in every aspect. A definite credit to your company. It was the time and patience he took with someone that had no familiarity with the Texas housing market and broke it down in a manner that my inquisitive mind could understand, answered all my questions and helped me to make an informed decision at a critical juncture leading me to acquire my new home. My fiance and I consider ourselves very fortunate indeed to have been guided by this gentleman.”

Linda Baddour at Bramlett showed extraordinary professionalism. Patient, helpful, experience shows. Most important: outstanding negotiator. Linda represented our position firmly but fairly when negotiating a final price. Also, Linda is very knowledgeable about contract details, utility hookups, and has an assortment of contacts with inspectors and repair professionals. Highly recommend.

Philip Myers was great to work with. He was always available and always very open to answering my questions. He is very easy to work with and I highly recommend him

Simon Vand was amazing, so easy to work with and flexible. He made our house hunting experience seamless. I wish we knew him a few years ago when we were looking for our first property, I will be recommending him to everyone I know looking for / selling a property!

My wife and I spoke to several real estate firms before deciding to go with Tara McGuire with Bramlett Residential in selling our home. Boy was that a great decision! Tara was extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the market and helped us with many things we needed to do in order to sell our home quickly and for the most money. She was always available to us and kept us in the loop at all times. We sold our home in just 4 days! We highly recommend Tara. Tara’s professionalism is unmatched