Every season has its ups and downs, and this goes double for the transitional seasons of spring and fall – when you don’t know what the weather is going to be from day to day! Despite not knowing if you have to bring a coat with you when you leave the house, there are definite benefits to fall that rev you up from the summer sadness you may be experiencing. Although the temperature is only going to drop from here on out, you know that you're excited that autumn has arrived, and here’s why:

1. The colors are something out of a painting.

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After a very green summer, you find yourself awed and amazed when you spot the first trees turning color around your neighborhood. It’s almost like you forgot that nature could be so beautiful! And, before you even blink, all of the trees follow suit and your town is transformed into a Legend of Sleepy Hollow replica – just in time for Halloween!

2. The brisk air chills and thrills you.

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What’s Halloween without a chill down your spine? Whether that’s from seeing spooky displays on your neighbors’ lawns or from the sharp contrast in outside temperatures from summertime, you all of a sudden realize that you’re pretty stoked for the holidays to start happening! You might not even mind a little snow soon.

3. Pumpkin. Spice. EVERYTHING.

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The minute that Starbucks rolled out the pumpkin spice syrup is the minute you knew your life was complete. That day, you literally write ‘pumpkin-flavored everything’ on your grocery list before leaving the house. Like you even needed to write yourself a reminder…

4. One word: loungewear.

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Summer is great for tanning and all, but it’s been a while since you’ve felt comfortable wearing… anything. Fall means that you can bust out the boots, the sweats, the fuzzy socks, the slippers, the flannels, and the blankets. Your velour robe that’s been hanging neglected on the back of your bedroom door has been waiting so patiently, too.

5. Raking leaves into piles… just to destroy them.

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There are few things in life better than jumping into a pile of leaves. Sure, it’s scratchy afterwards. Sure, you’ll have to re-rake the leaves so your parents don’t get mad. But, there’s something about that crunchy and destructive jump that makes you feel like a little kid again. It’s kind of like running and jumping both feet onto a grocery cart to fly through the parking lot–you’ll never get too old for it.

6. That sweet, sweet smell of sugar and spice.

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Autumn has a lot of smells that go along with the changing of seasons, and apple cinnamon is a main one. You smell blossoming apple trees on the streets, the apple pies baking in the oven, and you've already sprung on buying the apple cinnamon Glade plug-ins, just to encapsulate that sweet smell of fall into your home. And, everywhere you go, there is a surplus of scented candles smelling of pumpkin, cedar, and sugar cookies!

7. The landslide of hometown pride.

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Whether it’s because you’re a fan of football, or you’re taking part in Homecoming celebrations, or attending all the holiday festivities, fall brings with it a huge influx of hometown pride! Spring sports do bring people together, but there’s something about holidays mixing with sporting events mixing with weather inconsistencies that makes your whole town bond a little bit better.

8. The holiday spiral effect.

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Fall semester is a sad transition from summer, but luckily, the holidays help it fly by! With one major holiday after another, before you know it, it’ll be time to turn in your final projects and head into winter break! And, you’re definitely not complaining!

What are other reasons why fall is the best? What’s your absolute most favorite thing? Tell us in the comments!