The days are getting longer and Daylight Saving Day will soon give us an hour more sunlight in the evening! Daylight saving begins in March and ends in November. On the second Sunday in March, the clock “springs” forward (to beckon in spring – get it?) and on the first Sunday in November, it “falls” back (we’re sure you don’t need us to explain that one!). The majority of the United States (with the exception of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa) observe daylight saving time. About half of the world’s countries use Daylight Savings Time, and there are various reasons for doing so.
Daylight saving was originally a way of saving fuel, as it stopped us from sleeping in while it was already bright outside and burning candles in the evening to stay awake after it was dark. By changing the clocks, our daytime hours become more consistent with the hours of daylight as the seasons change. This should hypothetically stop us from using so much artificial lighting. People also say that daylight saving causes less traffic accidents, reduces crime, and makes life easier for workers, although the jury is out on these points.
Whatever the case, most of us won’t remember living without daylight saving time. We might complain about losing an hour of sleep when the clocks go forward, but we also enjoy the extra hour of sun in the evening. Get outside and go for an evening walk in the hazy sunlight or enjoy your dinner in the garden to celebrate this extra hour. If you’ve been working hard during the day, the extra hour can be spent playing with your kids or going out with friends after you leave the office. You could even hold a barbeque in your backyard and celebrate Daylight Saving Day with a big group of friends and family. Just make sure you change your manual clocks so you aren’t late for work!
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