Weather seems to have a real and measurable impact on many people’s mood, but is dependent upon many factors. The impact of the weather is probably going to be greater in any geographic location that experiences lengthy periods of unusual weather.
For instance, if it’s hot and sunny for months on end, that’s probably going to make more of an impact in Seattle, Washington (a usually rainy and cool place to live) than in Miami, Florida (a usually hot and sunny place to live). It may also depend upon your “weather personality type,” but that needs further research to confirm.
Researchers have found that men responded to unexpected weather by simply changing their plans. Raining? Let’s stay in instead of going for a hike. Unexpectedly warm day? Let’s take advantage of it by going to the water park or beach. Women, on the other hand, didn’t seem as likely to modify their activities, thereby more often taking the brunt of the unexpected weather on their mood.
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