The Impacts of Weather on Mood
“Besides taking a hit on our ability to spend time outside, both in extreme and everyday cases, weather can have a real impact on our health and well-being” (Gregoire). The impact of weather upon a person goes beyond their choice of apparel or their plans for the day; it can directly affect a person’s mood, for better or for worse. Do the dark, gray skies on a rainy day actually cause someone to feel gloomy? Would someone be more prone to smiling if they were feeling the warmth of the sun against their skin? If the general public was surveyed, the majority of people would say that weather has little to no impact on a person’s mood (Grohol). However, with more in depth research and a wider spectrum of people studied, it has been found that there is a strong correlation between weather and one’s mood. Similar to the weather, peoples’ moods are constantly changing. A person’s mood can be affected in various ways, but one of the most common is by the weather. The affects can be severe; ranging from chronic depression to excessive happiness. Although these two phenomena appear to be unrelated, the fact that they are simultaneously changing in relation to each other is an indication that they are indeed associated.
The connection between weather and a person’s mood is found within their basic descriptions. Mood is defined as a temporary state of mind or feeling, with emphasis on the fact that it’s not permanent. When something is temporary, it is only present for a limited period of time. Likewise, weather is defined as the state of the atmosphere at a place and time in regards to heat, dryness, sunshine, etc. For instance, alterations in weather can also cause alterations in mood; “immediately following a rain shower, when the sun bursts out and sparkles on puddles through clean, fresh air, colours brighter and senses somehow keener, those moments are profoundly exhilarating” (Easton). With mood being highly susceptible to change, it’s easy to see how a sudden variance in weather can affect one’s mood, even slightly. In addition, researchers have broadened their studies from just sunny and cloudy weather to investigating the impacts of temperature, wind, sunlight, rain and snow, air pressure, and the length of days (Colihan). It’s not just a sunny or rainy day that can affect our health/well-being; people often overlook the little things. As seen in a study in Germany, something as unordinary as air-pressure can have a significant effect on one’s mood (Colihan). In relation to the different weather patterns, the two main moods that are produced as a result of the changes are happiness and sadness.
Naturally our bodies obtain the majority of the vitamins needed through the food and drinks that we consume. The sun is the biggest source of Vitamin D, producing more than 90 percent of our Vitamin D needed per day (Trimarchi). “Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. You also need vitamin...