10 Fun Facts You Definitely Didn't Know About Your May Birthday
Find out what makes May kids gifted since the day you were born — according to science!
Maria Bailey · 4 months ago
The month of May is pretty special! Spring is in full swing, April showers bring May flowers, and celebrations for Mother's Day and Memorial Day occur during this very exciting month! It also happens to be the month of a special someone's birthday (hello, you!), and boy, do you have reasons to celebrate!
Science suggests May kids have been gifted since the day they were born, with several studies concluding they are particularly advantaged when it comes to their health, career, and personality, to name only a few. To celebrate your birthday month, we've rounded up fascinating science-based facts about what your birth month could say about you!
1. May kids are LUCKY
People born during the month of May are lucky — and they know it! In a study of around 30,000 participants, researchers asked people how lucky they perceived themselves to be. The highest number of respondents who considered themselves the luckiest were (you guessed it) born in May. (Meanwhile, November-born kids appear to get the short end of the stick, as the month statistically produced the most pessimists. Cheer up, guys!) Word is, the difference in outlook could have something to do with the effect that daylight hours have on dopamine — a happiness-signaling brain chemical — and on the early brain development of the fetus. Whatever the reason, May kids are lucky, and let’s face it, you don't need a study to prove it!
2. May kids are OPTIMISTS
Aside from having luck on your side, it will probably come as no surprise that another study found May-born people are also more optimistic! A 2014 U.K-based study suggests those born during March, April, and May score highly on the hyperthymia scale. In other words, spring-born kids have a more optimistic outlook on life.
3. May kids are HEALTHY
On the bright side, kids born during the fifth month of the year are reportedly at a lower risk of suffering from respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological conditions than other months — giving you another reason to be optimistic!
4. May kids are MULTI-TALENTED
While researchers found some months correlate with certain professions, according to the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics, kids born during the months of April and May go on to pursue a wide, even spread of professions! There's nothing May (and April) kids can't do!
5. May kids tend to be the CUTEST, TINIEST BABIES
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, May babies tend to be shorter, lighter, and have smaller heads compared to babies born in other months. Scientists believe the amount of vitamin D the mother is exposed to could have something to do with it.
6. May kids are NIGHT OWLS
Brace yourself for some late nights! Studies show babies born in the spring (and summer) months like to stay up late compared to those born in fall and winter.
7. May kids are OPEN-MINDED IN LOVE
One study found that boys born in May are significantly less likely to go on to marry people born during the same period. Not sure what scientific conclusions to draw from this one? Us, either! But it seems that for open-minded kids born during the month of May, the phrase "opposites attract" applies!
8. May kids are SUPERSTARS
It goes without saying: May kids are born with star quality! So many A-listers celebrate their birthday in May — George Clooney, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Audrey Hepburn, Miles Davis, and Janet Jackson all share your birthday month. Coincidence? We think not!
9. May kids are FORTUNATE
Did you know that May is one of the most sought-after months to be born in? It's true! According to a study from the University of Exeter, "if it were possible to pay to guarantee a spring birth, on average, a married woman between the ages 20-45 would be willing to part with $877 to achieve it." Fortunately for you May babies, not only did you arrive into the world on a beautiful spring day, but you also get to celebrate your birthday on a beautiful spring day year after year!
10. May kids are the BEST MOTHER'S DAY PRESENTS EVER
Okay, this isn't a scientific fact, but it is a fact nonetheless, and a special one at that! Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May each year, which means May babies offer the extra joy of being born near this special holiday. Basically, if you were born in May, you are your mom's best Mother's Day gift of all!
Happy birthday, May kids, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!