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Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, when we kindle our menorahs in the doorway to light up the outside world, with both a physical and a spiritual light. Here’s 8 ways that we benefit from natural (sun) light.

light-iconNatural light increases serotonin production, which improves productivity and increases happiness and calm.

light-iconExposure to natural light can help prevent depression and lift one’s spirits.

light-iconSunlight is the primary source of adequate vitamin D exposure (an essential vitamin to our health).

light-iconNatural light in your home reduces mildew and mold growth.

light-iconAdequate exposure to natural light helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle and is essential for a good night’s sleep.

light-iconModerate sun exposure is thought to decrease one’s risk of certain cancers, including pancreatic, prostate, ovarian, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and colon cancers.

light-iconSun exposure can help treat psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and acne.

light-iconHaving significant sources of natural light in your home can reduce electricity costs by 75% due to the reduced need for artificial lighting and heating.

It’s important to note that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you are going out during this time for more than 15 minutes, it’s best to wear sunscreen.