inspiration, Musings, nature, Writing

Weather vs Mood

I’m often struck by how weather affects my mood. Usually I smile at how fiction from other countries portray England as always being wet – lately though, this is spot on. It seems like it’s endlessly raining. And it’s pretty depressing.

Writers and film makers often use weather to convey mood. Whether using rain to tug at our emotional heartstrings or a storm to create suspense or fear or warm sunshine to let us know the characters are happy. But they also use it in the opposite way – hang the sun jar a character who is upset or depressed or having characters who have just fallen in love kiss in the rain (though I’ve never understood the appeal of that!)

I often wonder if people living in warm sunny places are happier than those of use who live in a country with unpredictable weather. I mean, you can plan days out without contingency plans, you probably get less colds and coughs, and you don’t need to buy a coat that makes you feel like a sump wrestler. Conversely, I bet those who live in the warm miss the seasons and fantasise about playing in the snow. We usually want what we can’t have. But I’m sure all of us have discussed the weather in relation to our mood and have had weather in a story make us feel something.

As I’m writing this, a hint of sunshine is appearing through the clouds. Suggesting new possibilities.

I like the sound of that.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” 
― Dolly Parton

Does weather affect your mood? Do you like how writers and film makes use weather to make us feel something?



24 thoughts on “Weather vs Mood”

  1. The weather definitely affects my mood. I don’t know when the rain’s going to stop here – many places were flooded last night. I hope that sun sticks around for you a while today!! 🙂

  2. I totally get what you mean with the endless raining we’ve had here in England. It did perk up a bit with sunshine over the weekend, but now the rain has returned. I think I’m a little more tired/less energetic when it rains and when it’s sunny I just want to get out there and enjoy it. Great post 🙂

  3. The weather has not helped my mood lately, that’s for sure. I think the kissing in the rain thing is supposed to be something like being so totally lost in the lust/love of the moment that you don’t even mind getting wet. 😉

  4. There is something about the light that helps with mood and psychological health. My son was itching to dance in the rain, he settled for in a puddle. =)

  5. Sometimes rain is very relaxing to me. But when there’s too much of it, it’s depressing. We’ve had a lot of rain the last few days. The first day was ok. Now I’m done with it.

  6. I think the perfect option should be when the weather would be in balance… little rain, some sun… little bit cold, little bit warm… Like this.. Oh, gosh, you are talking right now about gloomy weather but I am struggling here with + 36 degrees, haha it’s crazy! If I could I would send you little Sunshine from here… 🙂

  7. Oh, yes, I’m dependent on the sun because I suffer from SAD (sun affective disorder–or something like that). I would not do well in places that average more dark skies than sunny ones.

    I think weather is huge in conveying character moods. I know I use it a lot in my own writing. Sometimes I foreshadow with weather, or a stormy day will reflect a character’s personality, or sometimes I’ll do the opposite–a sad scene during a beautiful day.

  8. I’m probably the opposite of everyone else. Sunshine makes me cranky. It’s too bright for my eyes. It means I have to slather on the sunscreen. It makes icky spots on my skin. So rainy days are my favorite. Or just overcast ones. I probably should move to Seattle. I did long for the seasons during my two years living in San Diego, CA. And the sun ugh. Though the beaches were worth it. 🙂

  9. Moving to the Sunshine State improved my mood . . . and I have yet to fantasize about playing in the snow.

    If I never see another snowflake or throw another snowball, I’m cool with that. 😎

  10. Well, I absolutely don’t like the rainy season or winter and am always counting days as they pass by hopping for summer to arrive soon. Although I do try not to allow bad weather to get to me, but sometimes when it lasts too long I just can’t help but feel low.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s