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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whether or Not the Weather Can Affect Your Mood

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It's doubtful that anyone remembers the best day of their life as looking out the window on a cloudy or rainy day. The most memorable events are a day at the beach, or outside riding a bicycle with friends. The most enjoying times are usually associated with being outside in the sun. Whether you believe it or not, the weather can affect your mood and can make you feel happy or sad.
How the weather affects mood

There is actually a scientific reason why the sun can make you feel happier. The sun stimulates the production of vitamin D in your body, and vitamin D stimulates the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the brain hormone that affects mood. So, when a person says on a rainy day that they feel depressed, there is a logical reason for feeling that way. In fact, doctors often treat patients who have Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) with light therapy that simulates the sun.

According to research that was published in the journal Psychological Science, sunny weather can make a person feel happy and also improves their cognitive skills. Other studies have shown that people who live in greener environments are reported to have fewer physical and mental health issues, older adults who spent more time outdoors have less pain and sleep better, and school children living in greener climates tend to have higher test scores in both English and math.

On the down side, when the temperature gets too high, it has the opposite affect on people. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that crime rates increase during the summer months when temperatures are very high. Instead of making people happy, hot and sticky weather can make people irritated.

Getting enough sunshine

Spending 20 minutes a day in the sun is recommended by health researchers in order to relieve stress, and increase the production of vitamin D and serotonin in the brain to put you in a better mood.

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