I started writing this on my lunch break, and when I looked out my window, I saw a strange glowing light outside. Word on the street is that this is called “sunshine”. After all of the rain we’ve had this week and all that we’re supposed to have over the next few days, the sunshine is nice to see!
A couple of students have told me this week that the rain has made them sad and angry, which made me start thinking about the connection between optimism and weather. This article says that research has shown a correlation between rain and increased aggression. There’s no doubt that gray, ugly weather just makes you want to stay home, curled up on the couch!
But, what if we stopped for a minute to think about all of the benefits of rainy weather? Or cold weather (because that’s coming sooner than we think!)? Or any kind of weather we don’t like? Every season has a purpose. Every different type of weather has benefits, even if it does seem inconvenient or a little depressing to have two solid days of rain and storms. Being optimistic means looking at how the rain/snow/ice/cold/hot weather can help the environment. I know that sounds kind of crunchy, but once you start thinking that way, you’re not as bothered by the rain. You can go through your day being positive no matter what’s happening on the other side of the windowpane. Just make sure to carry an umbrella!