There are studies that show when the weather is extremely hot for a long period of time, people feel cranky, irritated, and/or moody. And on cold and rainy days, people feel sad, gloomy, melancholy, and maybe even depressed. There are even linked causes to really hot days and frequent crimes. The weather can cause depression or happiness depending on just if it is sunny or rainy. Studies show that the percentages of suicides that take place on rainy days are 65%. On the nice side, marriage proposals are more likely to occur on a pleasant day than a rainy day.
Warm weather in the middle of winter can improve mood, memory and health by providing Vitamin D, but hot weather in the summer lowers mood levels. We become easily agitated when the temperature skyrockets.
Rainy, dark days are depressing. We feel like hibernating, and many folks eat and sleep more. But for many of us, these feelings are mild, unless one suffers from SAD. Actually, some of us enjoy rain, the smell, temperature, and environment. Studies confirm that people who took memory tests on rainy days were in a worse mood than those who tested on a sunny day. But, the memory of those who tested on rainy days was more accurate than the sunny days.
There is also a proven disease that is affected by weather, called the Seasonal Affective Disorder, or (SAD). SAD is a recurrent depression with typical onset during the fall or winter. Between 4 to 6% of people in the United States suffer from SAD, though it is more common in women than men. For adults, the risk of SAD decreases as they get older. Some symptoms of SAD include: depression, sadness, fatigue, sleeping too much, loss of appetite, increase in appetite, increase in weight, decrease in activity, apathy, and irritability.
There are many solutions to the question, “How is mood affected by weather?”, but we can all agree that no matter rainy or sunny, weather does play an important part in our lives, and affects our moods, whether positively or negatively.