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Why Do People Fall in Love in the Springtime?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising and soon millions of people will begin a summer romance.

Why is this so? Isn’t it just as common to snuggle and fall in love beside a warm fire on a cold night?

Yes, it is, but the search for that cherished mate begins months before.

Science tells us why.

The Earth’s biological cycles can affect our physiology and our behavior. Seasonal change can be linked to hormonal fluctuations, our blood pressure and even our immune system function.

For instance, people tend to put on weight in the winter and they sleep longer. We suffer more anxiety in fall.

In spring, we have the most health problems and depression (even suicides.) There’s no better remedy for a down mood than love.

“It all begins in the spring. Clothes become

more revealing. Our bodies get active.”

Humans are connected to seasonal changes.

Like all animals, humans are very connected to nature and seasonal change.

In our anthropological past, humans who survived the long, dark, cold winter were depleted and anxious before they gained renewed optimism by the longer days.

The onset of spring signals new growth, a fresh harvest and long days to be active. There is nothing more live affirming than love.

Communicating with another, exchanging affection and the dopamine rush of sex helps us overcome the frightening feelings that can come with changes in climate.

Remember, in our ancient history, people didn’t know if the sun (and food) was ever coming back. But love makes us feel hopeful.

By the time the autumn arrives, those who find a mate hunker down for the winter. Not surprisingly, the most common birthday month for human beings is August.

That means in the darkest days of winter, when our ancient people huddled together around fires and awaited the spring, there was some great sex happening.

And there still is.

Men’s testosterone levels rise by the end of the summer and peak in the fall.

And if the holidays are not filled with exciting sex and cozy bonding, that’s the time of the year most people go online to find mate.

Online dating sites report their biggest surge in users is between Christmas and New Year’s, when single people take stock of their situation and make resolutions to find love.

But it all begins in the spring. Clothes become more revealing. Our bodies get active.

The evenings become longer and warmer, and that sets us up to search for a summer lover for next winter’s nest.