“An optimist is a human personification of spring.”
Susan J. Bissonette
Now that spring is around the corner (= very near), it’s probably time to pump up (= increase) your spring mood. In order to do that, let us teach you some spring-inspired vocabulary. Learn and lift your spirits (= improve your mood)!
Freshness of spring
The dreary (/ˈdrɪəri/ dull, uninteresting) days of winter are almost over, things are awakening (= waking up) outside, and I feel it’s time to reset my mindset (= change/shift my mindset) and indulge in (= allow myself to enjoy) the season. But how do I do that? One idea may be updating my music to match the spring vibe (= mood), as the right track list can be a real springtime pick-me-up (= mood lifter), I think. Another thing that should definitely help is being outdoors in the sun as much as possible, as they say that it’s linked with a mood boost (= mood improvement). Indeed, what can be better than spending some time in nature (= in the woods, at the river, in the mountains, etc.), especially in pleasant weather? On a newly warm spring day, I might lessen (= reduce) everyday pressures by enjoying budding (= producing buds) trees and just soaking up (= enjoying) the sun and the atmosphere of the season. I hope these things will make a difference in (= change) my outlook (= general attitude to things) and have a positive psychological impact (= effect) on me.
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Spring cleaning (= the activity of cleaning a house completely, especially at the end of winter) is something many people dread (/dred/ fear, worry about), while others indulge in. If you belong to the first group, just know that spring cleaning has surprising health benefits, such as reduced stress, a good night’s sleep, increased productivity and even healthier heart. Does it sound too good to be true? Check out this article and rest assured (= be sure, certain that) there’s more to spring cleaning than meets the eye (= there is more to it than appears to be at first).
But where does the tradition come from? There are many theories, but some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring. Modern Iranians continue to thoroughly clean the house just before the major holiday.
The bottom line is (= basically) spring cleaning can lift your spirits, mitigate (= reduce) your stress and help you start spring off on the right foot (= start spring in the right way). Take on (= accept) the project to enjoy checking it off (= ticking it off) your to-do list as well as your spotless home.
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