After an insufferable winter, I can’t help but bask in the pleasantly rewarding weather conditions we undeniably deserve. This disastrous winter that we all struggled to get through, our teeth chattering and our vehicles lumbering to prevent damaged tires from the widespread potholes—which, in this case, seem nearly irreparable—was nothing short of miserable. Irritability was at an all-time high. The frequent snowfall made everything sixty times harder and apparently that much more slow. It was a grand impediment. A few brief glimpses of balmy weather have been more than satisfactory. Ideally, warm weather is more conducive to good feelings than cold weather. I used to be an advocate of variations in climate (cold winters/hot summers) but now, suffice it to say, I can fully endure warm weather without ever looking back at arctic winters. Essentially, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
It’s no surprise people are happier when the sun is out and the temperature is pleasing. Having a multitude of options to explore when it’s nice out makes the world your oyster. By contrast, in cold months you’re relatively restricted in your desires and leisure. Research done at the University of Michigan states, “In one study conducted during the spring in Ann Arbor, participants who were randomly assigned to be outside during warm and sunny days showed improved mood and memory compared to participants who were outside when the weather was not pleasant and compared to participants who spent the time inside.”
Overcast weather certainly can inhibit those merry emotions because we’re dependent upon the sun, and when that seemingly gets removed, we’re stuck within a ditch of languor. Moreover, life becomes even more wondrous when it’s illuminated. The opacity of the clouds may evoke some feelings of gloominess and indolence; this is why on most rainy days, people are apt to lounge around and procrastinate.
I can tell that my behavior dramatically changes from ebullient to annoyed from summer to winter. Psychologically, most of us may seem to think we are unaffected by weather conditions, but unconsciously, it affects our thinking and the way we view the life in front of us. I can’t wait for the dog days of summer. There’s so much to get involved in and, fortunately, an über amount of opportunity to better oneself, physically and mentally. As we depart from an excruciating winter into the dregs of the torrid weather that awaits, I’ll be sure to cherish every moment because I’m fully aware that the cycle will invariably continue.