Don’t we all hate those rainy mornings when the only thing we want to do is just go back to sleep? Or those windy days when we seem to be completely drained out of the energy? Looking back on those, it seems obvious that weather affects mood, but the question is what are the exact effects of weather on human emotions? Is it so obvious as “good weather, good mood” or is there something more to it?
Weather and emotions
There’s no denying that weather and emotions are connected. Research shows that sunlight causes our skin to produce vitamin D, giving us a boost of serotonin – so-called hormone of happiness. On the other hand lack of sunlight can cause SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder also called Seasonal Depression. Signs of SAD are similar to those of normal depression, but SAD tends to start in late fall or winter and end in spring. Rain and humidity can make us feel more tired – people also report lower life satisfaction during rainy days.
Meteoropathy – How weather affects people
And how weather affects people or in greater detail – how it affect our bodies? There are a few symptoms a weather can cause and sadly most of them are related to pain. Drastic changes in barometric pressure can induce headaches. Reduction in atmospheric pressure also increases movement of bodily fluids – this in turn leads to increased pressure on our joints, causing stiffness and cramps. Some people also report that bad weather makes their arthritic pains worse, although scientist doubt that there’s a real link between those two. Phenomenon in which the weather affects your well-being is called meteoropathy.
Effect of weather on human behavior
As for the effects of weather on human behavior, experiments that shows that on sunny days people tend to be more helpful, more open to romantic endeavors and more ready to spend money. Researchers suggest that sunlight makes us feel more energetic and positive, which can make us more sociable and relaxed about our budget. However, there’s nothing can be that easy. Higher temperatures are also linked with increased aggression rates, both verbal and physical. Researchers are not sure as why this is happening, but suggest that it may be connected to discomfort caused by too high temperature.
So the answer to the question “does weather affect mood” would be “yes, it can affect the mood”. What’s more, weather can even affect our lives, by changing our perception. However, it doesn’t determine what we do and how we feel. Our lifestyle and activities we engage in are just as important. Researchers suggest that exercising and socializing can greatly improve our mood, cancelling out any negative effects of weather. So instead of feeling down when it rains find a way to make your day brighter.