John Hollenhorst ReportingAs Bob Dylan said, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." And you certainly don't need an anchorman to tell you the weather outside is fabulous. But we're gonna tell you anyway-- spring, or something like it, has sprung.
The arrival of spring isn't just a change in the weather; it changes people too. There's a sort of mass personality transplant as we turn the corner from cabin fever to spring fever.
Whether your thing is walking the dog, flying a kite, jogging in the park, or hugging the back of a bike in a bikini, you almost certainly like the change in weather.
Irene Kikkert, Salt Lake County: “I love it. It’s wonderful out there.”
Irene Kikkert is one of thousands who jammed into home improvement and garden stores in the last few days.
Thom Sewell, Lowe's Home Improvement: “Everybody’s kind of got that cabin fever and wanting to get out. And we’re all looking forward to spring, I think.”
According to legend, the change from cabin fever to spring fever causes people to re-evaluate old relationships. Break-up, they say, or make-up and get married. Maybe so, jewelry stores and bridal shops are reporting the annual spring surge in business.
Kathleen Sacco, O. C. Tanner: “There’s a little jump during Valentine’s Day. And then all of a sudden, it really just kind of pops!”
Most of us feel better on a day like this.
Kathleen Sacco: “I just feel energized. I think it makes people feel romantic.”
So, when we feel better, is it all in our heads?
Dr. Michael Stevens, Valley Mental Health: “There probably are some changes that biologically occur in a lot of people.”
Psychiatrist Michael Stevens says one theory is people undergo something analogous to hibernation in winter.
Dr. Michael Stevens: "Most people are a bit slowed down, have lower energy, eat more, sleep more in the wintertime. And people get better, those things go away in the spring time."
There is a dark side. Consumer watchdog Francine Giani say this is the season for scams. Crooked home improvement contractors and fly-by-night spring-break travel schemes pop up every year at this time.
Francine Giani, State Consumer Protection: "I love the spring. I think it's great. No coat on, it's wonderful, but I think we need to be a little careful about the kinds of things that happen around spring. And they're not all lovely and wonderful."
Officially it's not here yet; Spring arrives Friday.