Released in 1963, Lesley Gore released a song called “Sunshine, Lollipop, and Rainbows”. In this song, she states that these three things are what she feels when she is with her significant other. Therefore, the phrase “sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows” is synonymous with the term Happy! But there is there any truth to these lyrics? Can sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows make you feel happy? While the jury is still out of lollipops and rainbows, the truth of the matter is that sunshine (or the vitamin that our bodies create from sunlight) can indeed make you happy!
Well, that’s also not entirely true either. Vitamin D deficiency (when your body doesn’t make enough vitamin D) can cause depression. There have been several studies that show that in the winter people become more depressed because their bodies are not able to produce enough Vitamin D. Therefore, scientists believe that the converse is true. If you are feeling depressed, stepping outside into the sunlight, or eating vitamin D enriched foods can improve your mood. Vitamin D is also used to help regulate cell growth, maintains the immune system and protects bones.
For those who are fair skinned, we do not expect you to stand outside and get sunburnt because I don’t think that would make you happy. All it takes is 10 minutes a day of sunlight to help ensure that you are making enough Vitamin D. And for those who are just adamant against sunlight eating things like eggs, salmon, swordfish, mushrooms, and milk can help boost your Vitamin D as well.
So the next time you listen to Lesley Gore on the oldies music station, just remember that when she sings about sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, she’s singing about how happy she is!