With the rainy cool weather we had this week, some warmer weather on the way will definitely be helpful putting most of us in a good mood!
Research shows warmer weather can have a small influence, positively and even occasionally negatively, on your mindset. A University of Michigan study found that people who spent at least 30 minutes outside in pleasant weather — either by taking a trip to warmer climates in the winter months or by taking advantage of a newly warm spring day in the park — had happier moods. And in another study , it was found that being outside could lead to a better mindset and reduced stress.
While warmer weather doesn’t make a sizable difference in outlook, research supports the idea that nice weather has a positive psychological impact on the overall population.
However, researchers also say the weather-mood connection is positive up to a point, but if it gets too hot, attitudes can go down. Despite the fact that summer brings sunnier days and brighter colors, people are at a greater risk for heatstroke and dehydration during the warmer months Both dehydration and heatstroke can have an influence on mood or behavior and, at their worst, can also damage the brain.
Have fun, be safe, enjoy the outdoors, and remember the sunscreen!