The Weather Can Affect You Negatively and Positively. Humidity, temperature, and hours of sunshine have the greatest effect on mood. High levels of humidity lowers concentration while increasing reports of sleepiness. The number of hours of sunshine was found to increase optimism and activity. So, sorry, yes, weather does affect our moods. And that effect may become serious. So no, you are not crazy if you think your mood is affected by the weather. Nearly 40 years of research suggests there’s a strong link. And one that, in some people, can lead to significant seasonal problems. The effect of the weather on mood may differ due to each individuals own sensitivity to weather. But generally, most people are gloomy and inactive on rainy days and happy and very active on sunny days. Some people’s emotions are simply more vulnerable than others to weather changes. You have heard the term Seasonal Affective Disorder. You also know that exposure to sunlight provides vitamin D, which affects hormone levels and, therefore, moods. You’ve sat inside on a gloomy, rainy day, annoyed that your plans were washed out. But how much does the weather really affect your mood? Research has proven that warm temperatures and exposure to sunshine have the greatest positive impact on moods. A report published in the British Journal of Psychology found that warmer temperatures lowered anxiety and skepticism while more hours of sunshine increased positive thinking. The same study showed that high levels of humidity made it hard to concentrate, increasing fatigue and sleepiness.
Personally, the weather has a strong effect on my mood. I hate rainy days, I am less functional and less enthusiastic. It dampens me. But you get the best of me on sunny days. I can’t speak for all of us. Please we love to know, how much does the weather really affect your mood?