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Weather Changes Mood

By Tori Nix

Ever notice how you’re more happy on a sunny day? Or, how you’re more sad and depressed on gloomy, rainy days? Well, this could be due to weather changing your mood.

Science has proved that warmer weather can bring depressed people into a more happier state, while things like rain and cold, cloudy weather can make a person’s mood go down. But, how exactly does this occur? Psychologists show that the sun affects a large part of how we function, and that Daylight Savings Time makes us grateful for that extra hour of sunlight. With the sunshine during spring and summer, studies show that we are more generous, happier, and positive, whilst winter brings about negative feelings due to the gloominess of the snow and rain and cloudy days.

Thus, we have SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which spells true to its acronym. SAD is a mental health illness that is caused by the change in sunlight patterns. It is characterized by depression, anxiety, sleep problems, overeating, and social problems. Treatments for SAD are phototherapy, which is a bright light being exposed to the subject to suppress the amount of melatonin that is being produced by the brain, or, in milder cases of SAD, spending time outdoors when possible.

So, spend time outside on the warm, sunny days, and try to be mentally, if not physically, active during the winter season to help from getting SAD; enjoy the mood-changing effects that the weather delivers throughout the four seasons.
(Sources: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/temperature-tantrums-weather-actually-affect-mood/964987/, http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/sad)

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