We have a lot in common. We all know how good being in nature can make us feel. We’ve known it for centuries, if not longer. This is big. Being in nature, even just a city park, an open space, can offer us some energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.

We’re all in this together.

Walking, at a social distance, makes us healthier, happier and brainier. Rain-or-shine. It doesn’t matter where we’re going. Or how fast we get there. During the course of movement, we release fresh theta brainwaves and brain-nourishing molecules.

It’s remarkable how alike we are.

Bikes and wheelchairs offer attractive alternatives. Some fresh air will do you good. In cities all over Earth, people are riding to work, as appropriate, avoiding crowded transit systems and tight places. According to Stanford University’s Calming Technology Lab, people on bikes enjoy less stress than people in cars.

We’re inextricably connected.

Rain, of course, is a universal experience. Every day is not going to be bright and sunny. But consider the plucky pluviophile, a human just like you, who finds joy and peace of mind on a rainy day. There’s a lot to be said for positive thinking.

At Cleverhood we meet a lot of pluviophiles, walking, biking, living, in spite of the weather. Here in Providence, our small team is working, in spite of current conditions. We’re online, sending out orders, taking questions (ask us anything!), not touching our faces.

We hope to bring out the inner pluviophile in folks. And if a nice Cleverhood helps get you out, please consider a 20% discount on any of our outwear. Use the code: pluviophile.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

excerpted from Longfellow’s The Rainy Day