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Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Wellbeing | 0 comments

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Why does it always rain on me? Understanding the effect that weather conditions can have on your mood.

Have you ever noticed everyone smiling on a sunny day? Particularly if said day has followed a period of grey skies. Suddenly people are out and about, willing to exchange a ‘Nice day’ greeting with whomever they meet in the street. Bring back the rain though, and the same people can be seen walking with heads down, frowns fixed securely to their faces. So why is it that weather alters our mood? Why is it that on the first day of a new snow everyone is excited, but by the end of the week they’re shaking their fists at the sky wishing for spring’s arrival?

A part of the explanation is purely scientific. When exposed to sunshine our bodies start producing a hormone known as serotonin, a hormone that lifts our mood and stimulates wakefulness. When it’s gloomy, on the other hand, our brains release melatonin instead, a chemical that establishes our sleep patterns. This is the reason we tend to be more alert on a sunny day, and sleepier when the sun struggles to burst through the clouds.

B.J. Thomas wrote a song that goes like this:

“Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by compainin’
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me”

A day of non-stop rain can certainly dampen your spirits, but on days like this remember those lyrics. You are now aware that your mood is related to the chemicals that your brain is releasing, but by choosing to be positive despite the conditions outside of your home, you’ll find that the weather has little power to alter your mood anymore.

For more explanation about why the weather can seem to completely alter the course of our days, have a look at my eBook.

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