We know we need to protect our skin from the sun, but that doesn’t mean we need to hide in the shade. Not getting enough sunlight, in fact, can lead to a dip in mood and memory in older adults, according to a study
published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
. A 2011 study
showed that more sun exposure correlated with less symptoms of depression, and higher vitamin D levels (which the body produces when exposed to UV rays) meant improved moods. Soak up the rays when you can, but don’t forget your sunscreen.