What’s the weather got to do with my mood and outlook?

What a day I had yesterday. My family is going through a tough time right now but my trust is in the Lord. Without thinking, when I’m feeling gross and tired, the weather is gloomy and my attitude is lacking, I throw on some dark clothing and leave my hair damp. But why? I’ve found what I really SHOULD be doing is putting on the color orange! Keep reading . . . you’ll find out what I mean.

Do you think “depression” has anything to do with it? Not clinical depression but I’m talking about feeling depressed. I’m no doctor but it seems like my mood and the general mood out there in the world has to do with so many different factors.

For instance, yesterday was cloudy. It was dark and dreary, rainy and depressing! But that’s beside the point. The point is that subconsciously the weather can affect my mood–and the way I act and the way I perceive the world.

Ever been cranky when it is too hot? Have you ever been listless or depressed when it’s cold or rainy? Can the weather affect our mood? This has always been an intriguing subject. Scientists and sociologists have studied it. One would think so, just to make an educated guess, especially if it has happened to you. Like when the days are extremely hot, and you feel irritated or moody for no apparent reason. And what about when it is cold or rainy and gloomy and you feel sad, melancholy, even depressed. Is there a direct connection between the two?

As I researched this theory, I found that the color orange stimulates joy and optimism. Hmmm. Dr. Asa Andrew has more to share about this as well on his Web site. Then, I took a look at my day as a case study.

Looking back at my day, I grabbed Taco Bell for dinner and the girl who served me was just downright unkind. She acted as though she could have cared less if I died a painful death right in front of her! I just watched the situation play out. Her attitude affected everything to do with her–her facial expression, the way she carried her body, her motivation–she was even dressed in black. Go figure.

Then I looked at what I was wearing. Gray. Dark colors. Depressing colors. Why? Could it be the weather? Was my mood “gray” because of the day? Does color really have anything to do with it? Common sense tells me that the weather affects my mood, the colors I wear, my outlook on the day–and the colors I wear have an affect on my personality, my attitude and whether I am positive or negative.

And, to top things off, when I got my hair done over the weekend, it turned out darker than I wanted. I am naturally a blonde but my hair turned dark brown with some shades of black. My bright hair is gone!

God understands what I have been through and he knows what you’re going through, too. We are not alone. I know you’ve heard it before, but its true. We are NOT alone.

Lamentations 3:21-26 says, “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

More real, powerful and timeless scriptures are there for your taking. Just waiting to be read. Dive into your Bible today and just read. Find strength. Don’t give up. Times are tough for many, but what is “tough”? Someone out there in the world always has it tougher. Truly put your trust in God.

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