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Everyone seems to love the fall: journalists, everyone on the internet and of course pumpkin spice latte enthusiasts, in particular. What is it about autumn that gets everyone so excited?

According to Kathryn Lively, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College, our obsession with the season is a social construct that starts when we’re children.

“We’re conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things,” Lively told The Huffington Post. “As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.”

For children, starting a new school year means new clothes, new pencils, new sneakers. A fresh start. September, and by extension, the fall, becomes a temporal landmark – a clean slate marked by a new season.

In fact, a team studying the relationship between time and motivation found that seasons have more importance than you might think.

“Much as physical landmarks help structure our representation of space, temporal landmarks such as birthdays and significant calendar dates structure our perception of time,” wrote the researchers of a paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2013.

These landmarks can also be huge behavioral motivators: “This fall I am really going to learn how to cook great soups because the kitchen is fun and I’ll also save money,” you might say to yourself. Autumn just became a temporal landmark – summer you spent lots of money on food. By the spring, you’re a new, responsible version of yourself. In this way, the temporal landmark allows us an opportunity to self improve.

Humans also view fall as comforting, Lively said. If we live in a place where the seasons turn dramatically, we break out flannel shirts, thicker blankets, we shake off salads and ice-creams for heavier stews and soup. (Though it’s important not to discount that shorter days and colder months can also cause depression for some.)

“From a sociological lens, our emotions are tied inextricably to the meaning that we make about ourselves, others, events and times of year.”

In other words, we imbue football season or holidays like Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashannah with meaning, and by cherishing those memories with people we love and enjoy, we build an idea about what the fall comes to represent. Thus, we look forward to this season in a particularly special way.

So if you can’t wait to hit the ground running in suede booties, pumpkin spice latte in hand and crunchy leaves under foot – it’s perfectly normal. It sounds like you were just raised that way.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scientific-reason-we-love-fall_us_57f41713e4b04c71d6f0979f?section=us_healthy-living

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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