I open my blinds and see that it’s a sunny day out and immediately I’m excited for a beach day (I live in California). I open my blinds and see that it’s gloomy out, I lay back in bed. I open my blinds and see that it’s pouring rain, I go and make hot chocolate and decide I will be in my pajamas all day long, having a movie marathon.
According to Psych Central, weather affects people’s moods. Typically, people think that winter months, where the weather is cold and the sun doesn’t come out for a couple weeks, is when people become the most depressed. It is true that cold temperatures make people feel sad, lazy and tend to isolate themselves from society by staying inside and usually on the couch watching movies. But, did you know that heat actually effects people’s moods more? Researchers have found a relationship between human aggression and higher temperatures. They discovered that people who are living in conditions where the temperature is much hotter than normal, their interpersonal violence increased by 4%.
Since climate seems to change people’s moods, does death have a correlation with climate? Scientists have actually discovered that suicides peak during the spring and summer. I found this interesting since spring and summer seem to be the happiest months to me; the weather is hot and the sun’s usually out, making me want to be outdoors and adventuring with friends. But for some, the heat can be a problem. The researchers discovered that outdoor workers had a higher chance of committing suicide in the spring months rather than during the winter months; seems a bit odd right? They also found that indoor workers were more likely to commit suicide during the summertime.
Climate doesn’t have to have an impact, and might not always effect your mood. You could be having a great happy day even when it is pouring rain outside. But most people are effected by weather, and scientists have found a measurable impact on many people’s moods according to their geographic location and weather.