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Does Sunny Weather Make You Happier?

Does the Weather Affect Your Mood?

Summer may have came late to San Francisco this year, but Sugar HQ is all smiles about it. Lately the office uniform is sundresses and sandals, and we've brought our workouts outside. Look for us running through the park, cycling across the bridge, or catching a few waves at Ocean Beach. And, boy, are we happy!

The weather definitely affects my mood, and when the sun is shining and I'm boosting up my vitamin D, I'm a happy gal. And even though I wish it could be sunny all of the time, I'm pretty OK bundling in a scarf when need be. But with Winter just around the corner, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may be a real concern to many of you.

So tell me, sunny days, rainy nights, or snowy afternoons — does the weather hold any power over the smile on your face?

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Talldiva45 Talldiva45 6 years
Definately does for me. I just can't help it - guess I am not alone.
Vampyre Vampyre 6 years
The weather affects my mood, but it's not the dark and wet weather that makes me moody, it's the hot, sunny weather. I hate Summer. To me it is the worst of all the seasons. I prefer it when the sky is grey and overcast. I like it when it rains for most of the week. And I like it when the temperature never gets above warm. Hot weather makes me a moody, grumpy, irritable little cow.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Yes, I'm the same way as stellaRuby. I get irritated really easily when it is too hot.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 6 years
Yes, summer bums the hell out of me. I get pissy and grumpy during the summer. I love cold weather, rain and cloudy days.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Not too much. I do like sunny days a little more, but if it's raining or cloudy, it doesn't automatically ruin my day or anything.
Yersinia Yersinia 6 years
Yes, but in the opposite way it effects everyone else. I get depressed when there are several sunny days in a row. I would much prefer a winter day to a summer day.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
totally. when i first moved to europe (northern hemisphere), i suffered from terrible SAD. it's not so much that i couldnt handle the cold, but i hated the darkness of winter and the perpetual light of summer, i would cry and cry and cry and couldn't stay asleep or get to sleep, binge eat etc. maybe i'm just getting used to it over time, but now, i can see that the weather is just that - i have forced myself to accept that this amazing planet gives as much as it takes, so for the benefits of living up here (four actual seasons! no natural disasters!) i have to suffer in other regards.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Sort of. Sometimes I like a rainy day for hanging out and watching movies though.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
It definitely doesn't affect if I'm happy or sad... but it affects my motivation! Rainy or snowy days make me want to snuggle on the couch and read a book rather than go to work or do anything that doesn't involve wearing slippers. I actually enjoy cold weather more than sunny weather... possibly because I get to be lazy :)
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
Completely. Cold, dark weather in the winter definitely gets me down and when it's rainy for more than one day in a row I feel more down, too.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
To some degree. Who *doesn't* love a warm, sunny day? But I actually have a student with severe SAD, to the point where if it's not a sunny day, he won't get out of bed and go to school!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Absolutely. Towards march, the second a tiny bit of snow falls on the ground it makes me want to whine/cry/punch a cloud. That said, a tiny bit of snow in november just makes me super excited for the holidays!
lemuse20 lemuse20 6 years
Yes without a doubt it does! Yesterday was our first cooler day (50's) and it was rainy and cloudy... so sad and gloomy... Luckily today is bright and sunny and supposed to be warmer :)
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