If there is one thing I have had difficulty with, is not letting my mood be affected by the weather. I know, it’s pathetic as you cannot change the weather, so why let it control your mood? With all my knowledge about what makes someone happy, I should know better!
So I looked into some research to try and educate myself a little and some obvious but also some interesting facts came to light!
First I came across the obvious. Spending time in the fresh air will improve your happiness, a UK study from the University of Sussex concluded. Now, lets face it, most people don’t need a study to know that being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is bliss!
Participants were also found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments. Again, not a real brain teaser, although I know some city girls who might argue this point, but then they don’t know what’s good for them (don’t tell them I said that).
“The current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity.”
However, then more interesting facts came to light. The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found that the current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day.
This was surprising to me as I always thought it was the wind and precipitation rather than the temperature which affected my mood.
Now get this, the research also found that happiness is maximised at 13.9°C! This fact was a happy find!
You see, I live in northern Europe and where I live, the average temperature over the space of a year isn’t far removed from that figure! The thought of this used to depress me but obviously I should embrace it and keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for my 20 minutes of fresh air!
See how easily we are influenced? One minute I am moaning about the European type of weather we are having and the next moment I am feeling totally blessed to be living in this glorious place with an average of around 13.9 degrees Celcius.
Hooray for research and hooray for the weather!
Love. Live. Lead.