Sunshine As A State Of Mind

 

Crappy pop songs aside, most people will tend to describe a bright, clear day as “happy” and an overcast, drizzly one as sad. Words such as “gloomy”, “blustery”, “calm” and “dry” can be used to describe either the weather or a person’s emotional makeup and it’s not all that difficult to spot the parallels between the two usages.

“Whether you suffer from seasonal affective disorder or not, the evidence is strong that getting outside just for a little bit can be very helpful.” That is according to Andrea Bonior, PhD, clinical psychologist. Our environment does have an effect in the way we feel, and while the sky outside is not something we normally pay that much attention to, it has a profound effect on our mental state, nor is this a case of external symbols affecting our internal reality (although that might play a role too). The mechanisms involved are often physical in nature.…