We’re well and truly into the autumn season, which means we’ve reached the most wonderful time of the year. We know what you’re probably thinking – “it’s not Christmas yet, is it?” Nope, that’s still a fair few weeks away. However, a recent survey found that over half of respondents named autumn as the happiest season.
According to one poll, 56% of people can’t help but smile during the final months of the year. That may come as a surprise to some. After all, this is when the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop. The lack of warmth and sunshine can make for a dreary combination, especially when you throw in all those rainy days. There’s so much to love about this time of year, though.
The survey’s respondents named things like “drinking hot cocoa” and “baking pies” as some of their favourite things to do in the autumn. In fact, activities related to staying warm or being in the kitchen formed the majority of people’s answers. “Making soup”, “lighting seasonal candles”, and “wearing big sweaters” were all popular choices.
These favoured activities definitely make sense because there’s something incredibly comforting about homemade food and wrapping up warm. Plus, the autumn is usually a nice middle ground between the sometimes-overbearing heat of summer and the brutal cold of winter. That’s probably why “the chill in the air” and “watching the leaves change colour” were named as people’s two favourite activities.
It’s that time of year
Another reason why autumn is such a happy season is that there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Events like Halloween and bonfire night might only last one day each, but some people start celebrating them weeks in advance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, “carving pumpkins”, making pumpkin-related recipes, and “watching scary movies” all performed well in the poll.
Of course, after those celebrations are out of the way, thoughts typically turn to Christmas. It might be a winter holiday, but that doesn’t stop millions of people from preparing for it long before autumn is over. If you love the festive season, why wait until December 25th to start enjoying it?
This survey only questioned 2,000 people and was carried out in just America, so it’s by no means conclusive. However, autumn has always performed well in previous polls, usually battling for the top spot against spring. That’s why we have no trouble accepting it as the happiest season.