Summer receives most of the hype, but we suspect that spring just might be the most popular of seasons: Mild temperatures, birds singing in the trees, flowers blooming and a sense of rebirth form a rising tide that lifts all moods. Here are some of our favorites among spring's simple pleasures; share your favorites with us in the comments below.
Few sights inspire a more hopeful feeling than the first appearance of tiny green leaves on tree branches. It means winter is finally behind us and Mother Nature is on the verge of putting on a show.
There are few things more cheering than strolling in a warm spring rain, not to mention the added benefit we know those showers bring...
Even if you're not a fan of walking in the rain, you surely appreciate the beauty those April showers bring: vividly colored blossoms that brighten spring days.
Whether you're teaching a youngster how to send a kite aloft or enjoying a solo flight, there's something about a kite high in the air that brings out the kid in each of us.
Easter is the most celebratory of spring occasions, and the brightly colored eggs that we associate with that day bring a special kind of joy.
The A's have it each spring, as epicures avidly look forward to the delights of artichokes and asparagus.
Many folks find pleasure in a thorough housecleaning, but even those of us who undertake such tasks grudgingly experience a great sense of satisfaction when our home is finally spic and span.
From the optimism of spring training to the pageantry of Opening Day and the pleasures of a game of catch in the backyard, our national pastime is as inextricably associated with spring as with the summer months that follow.
This most contemplative of hobbies rewards its practitioners with a sense of calm, an appreciation of new beginnings, and, eventually, beautiful blossoms and tasty and nutritious vegetables.
Dedicated and stalwart cyclists might not let the winter winds and the snow they bring keep them from hitting the road, but for most of us, spring is when we again mount our bikes and go for a leisurely ride.
This is perhaps the simplest of spring pleasures, requiring only that one unlatch the windows, but there are few delights more pleasurable than fresh air wafting into a space where it's long been in short supply.
And, perhaps best of all, opening wide those windows also allows in the cheering sounds of songbirds in the trees.
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