How Weather Affects Our Mood: Exploring 8 Emotional Effects
Weather is one of those things that we tend to take for granted. It’s always there, happening around us, but we don’t always pay attention to it. However, believe it or not, the weather can actually have a huge impact on our mood. Depending on the weather conditions we experience, we may find ourselves ill-suited for certain jobs or perfect for others. In this article, we’ll be exploring 8 emotional effects of different weather conditions that you may have never noticed before.
1. Higher Temperatures Make You Less Depressed
Lower temperatures and less sunlight have been shown to cause Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This is a type of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months. However, higher temperatures and more sunlight can actually increase your mood and fight off depression! This is because the heightened temperature speeds up the molecules in your body, making it easier to move, digest food, and think. So the next time you’re feeling down, try spending some time outside in the sun.
2. Sunny Days Make You More Open to Romantic Possibilities
Since sunny days with high temperatures increase our energy levels, it’s only natural that we become more open to romantic ideas. Summer is a great time for picnics, long strolls on the beach or in the woods, or time spent in pedal boats on the lake. The increased energy and positive mood that comes with sunshine can make us more receptive to romance and new experiences.
3. You’re More Helpful on Sunny Days
There’s a reason why people with a happy disposition are often described as having a “sunny disposition”. Sunlight makes us happy! Happy people tend to be more willing to help others. Therefore, on sunny days, we’re more likely to help those in need than on days filled with clouds and gloom. Next time you want to volunteer, try to pick a sunny day – you’ll be more helpful to the people you’ve volunteered with, and so will the other workers. You’ll all get more done!
4. Sunlight Makes You Spend More Money
Summer sales, here we come! Get ready to open your wallet if you go out to a mall or flea market during a nice, sunny day. Research shows that we are more likely to spend money when it’s sunny. My theory is that the sun makes us happier and less stressed about our lives (including our financial lives). Therefore we spend more freely.
5. High Temperatures Make You More Aggressive
We now know that higher temperatures give us more energy, but unfortunately, with more energy often comes higher levels of aggression. When we are hot and uncomfortable, we tend to feel easily annoyed, leading to frustration and even anger. This is why it’s important to stay hydrated and take breaks during high temperatures to keep yourself calm and collected.
6. Cold Temperatures Impact Your Performance of Complex Physical Tasks
When we’re cold, our muscles feel slow. It’s like they don’t want to move, making it difficult to perform complex physical tasks. Have you ever tried untying a knot while your hands were cold? This can be especially challenging after a snowball fight with no gloves. Be careful when trying to perform complex physical tasks in the cold – too much time in low temperatures can cause hypothermia! So make sure to dress warmly and bring gloves any time you think you’ll be stuck in the snow.
7. Lack of Sunlight Makes You Eat More
Bears hibernate, and humans just start devouring everything in sight. The cold, dark winter months make it much easier to overeat. Our body needs extra fuel to fight off the cold, and so it wants more food. Unfortunately, often times we don’t actually need the extra food because a lack of sun doesn’t necessarily mean we’re cold – what with heaters and everything. To avoid overeating during the winter months, try to stay active and get as much sunlight as possible.
8. Rain Causes Pain
Have you ever heard someone tell you they can “feel the rain coming in their bones”? It’s actually true! Rain can cause real physical pain due to atmospheric pressures. The increased pressure allows bodily fluids to move from blood vessels to tissues, causing pressure on the nerves and joints, which leads to increased pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. So if you suffer from joint pain, it’s important to be aware of the upcoming rain and take appropriate measures to manage the pain.
In conclusion, the weather has a significant impact on our mood. It can make us feel happy or sad, irritable or calm, energized or sluggish. By paying attention to how different weather conditions affect us, we can better understand our own moods and take steps to improve our well-being. So the next time you step outside, take a moment to notice the weather and how it makes you feel. You might be surprised by what you discover!