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Weather Does Affect Our Mood, Study Finds

Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 07:35 AM

Are you blue when the weather is gray? Do you feel cheerful when the sun is bright?

According to a new study in the journal Emotion, there is something to the idea that weather influences our moods.

"We identified a group of 'Summer Lovers,' who were happier, less fearful, and less angry on days with more sunshine and higher temperatures and less happy and more anxious and angry on days with more hours of precipitation," Dr. Tom Frijns, a psychologist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and co-author of the study, tells msnbc.com.

For their study, researchers surveyed 500 adolescents and their mothers and found that not only were participants’ moods reflected in the weather, but mothers and children shared similar sentiments toward Mother Nature.

Surprisingly, researchers also identified a group they dubbed “Summer Haters,” who reported feeling more fearful and angry when the sun was shining and temperatures were high, and less fearful and angry during periods of rain.

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