Impacts of Weather on Emotions

  

“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 

-John Green

   Some people can feel peace in rain and some can feel malignancy. Some people just feel warm in sun, some feel life. In the movie which nominated by Oscar, The Parasite, the same rain the same weather affected poor family in a worse way than it affected the rich family. The vast gap between people is reflected perfectly by showing different causes of weather. 

    Weather influenced human behavior in different ways. Generally, the type of clothing is changing according to the weather. And our clothes can change our mood easily. For instance, in the summer we wear lighter and colorful clothes which makes us more cheerful as well as in the winter we wear thicker and darker colored clothes which can cause more whelming emotions.[1] Besides, the season can affect our actions. Similarly, research exploring the link between weather and social activity has found that in higher temperatures, violent assaults, homicides, sexual harassment, and suicides are increasing.[2] However, scientists were expecting an increase in more positive feelings in the summer due to the fact that sunshine leads our brains to increase serotonin release levels. Unfortunately,  extreme heat could have negative consequences for mental health.[3] Basically, quite high temperatures increase negative emotions like tension, stress, anger, and make us more fatigued. On the other hand, not only heat and sun influence our moods. Humidity tends to make people more tired and irritable. Barometric pressure fluctuations can alter moods and trigger headaches. On rainy days people report lower satisfaction with their lives.[4]

    Effects of weather are not the same for every individual since people are not just affecting biologically but also physiologically. Actually, these effects are mainly about how we react and think. Optimistic people tend to be more buoyant while pessimistic people tend to be more melancholic in extraordinary weather. Besides, in literature and on social media, the rain and cloudy sky expressed like it has mournful and bitter effects, and also the storm or lightning symbolizes power and strength. 

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

-John Ruskin

    To conclude, our emotions and behaviors can be controlled and changed by different external factors. One of the most significant factors is weather since it can directly affect our body. Sunshine increases D vitamin and serotonin even though it affects mental health in a bad way. All other weather like rain, fog, snow, etc. has a huge impact on us too. 

 

 

 

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 Murray, K., Muro, F., Finn, A., & Leszczyc, P. (2010, September 09). The effect of weather on consumer spending. Retrieved March 19, 2021, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969698910000822?casa_token=kjJ-Hj3jrIQAAAAA%3ANV4nTpO98FwMkRm-N9jRkM8nuXMvV5XeGXa7RIcCAmeus9axIpISKdvsFoCH7dzJ3X5txTSHul8

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 Ettema, D., Friman, M., Olsson, L., & Gärling, T. (2017, January 19). Season and weather effects ON Travel-related mood and Travel satisfaction. Retrieved March 19, 2021, from https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00140/full

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 Noelke, C., McGovern, M., Corsi, D. J., Jimenez, M. P., Stern, A., Wing, I. S., et al. (2016). Increasing ambient temperature reduces emotional well-being. Environ. Res. 151, 124–129. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.06.045

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Haslam Professor of Psychology, N., Professor of Psychology. (2021, March 18). Here comes the sun: How the weather affects our mood. Retrieved March 19, 2021, from https://theconversation.com/here-comes-the-sun-how-the-weather-affects-our-mood-19183#:~:text=Aspects%20of%20weather%20beyond%20heat,between%20low%20pressure%20and%20suicide.

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