Can the weather influence your moods?

Postdate: 08 March 2018

It makes sense that you won’t be happy if you need to ride your bike through pouring rain for the umpteenth time. However, when the sun is out, you will be happy. It seems remarkable that little research has been done to study the weather in relation to our moods.

Multiple lifestyle areas

It seems logical to think that the weather can affect your moods. There are however, few well-supported studies available about this. Possibly because your mood depends on several factors including age, genes and preferences. Bad moods can be the result of the cold and rain, but also of lack of sleep or lack of exercise. Theo Klimstra has done research among adolescents on moods and weather types. He differentiated between summer lovers, summer haters, rain haters and neutral (no effect). It turns out that there is a relationship between the weather and the mood of the mother and the young person. He stresses, however, that the differences between the subjects was so great, that there is insufficient evidence for the influence of weather on moods.

'I am sorry for the things I said when it was winter'

Positive and negative moods

Not everyone likes the winter, but not everyone is keen on the hot summer months either. A research study by Professor Jaap Denissen about the effects of weather on daily moods, shows that the daily influence of the weather has more impact on a negative mood than increasing a positive mood. Higher temperatures can stimulate a negative mood, while wind or not enough sun can cause someone who is already in a negative mood, to feel even worse.

Moods and heat

Is this the reason that many suffer from extreme mood swings that are linked to the seasons? In the winter or autumn, it is likely that people spend more time indoors than in the summer, which could result in a vitamin D deficiency. This plays a major role in several functions in the body, but also in moods. On the other hand, it is true that, as age increases the likelihood of health risks in nice or even beautiful weather also increases. Higher temperatures then do not necessarily turn a negative mood into a positive one. According to researcher Hsiang, there is even a link between extreme heat and more aggression.

When it comes to weather and moods, there are large individual differences. Therefore, do not shy away from enjoying the fresh air outdoors regardless because this is important both physically and mentally. Although most people will just enjoy the sun, there are also people who feel better in bad weather.

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