You’re more productive at work
Need to meet a pressing deadline? Wet weather may be the incentive you need. In a 2012 study, Harvard Business School researchers found that employees at a mid-size Japanese bank finished projects faster on gloomy days than they did on sunny ones. According to researchers, we’re less likely to get distracted by thoughts of outdoor activities so it’s easier to stay focused. To maximize your effectiveness at the office, you may want to check out the forecast at the beginning of the week: Plan clerical tasks for rainy weather and save creative tasks—feeling distracted may actually help you come up with new ideas—for sunny ones.
You’re probably not as glum as you think
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Think those Californians have it easy? In one study, college students in the Midwest and California were asked to rate their own level of happiness, or were asked to guess how happy a similar student in the other region was. Students predicted that those in sunnier California would be happier than their Midwest counterparts, but researchers discovered that people in both areas reported similar levels of happiness.
Your perception of the weather is what brings about negative feelings, the study authors suspect. “If it is sunny every day you get used to it and the sunshine doesn’t make you any happier,” Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics, said to the Telegraph.
You can relish those post-rain scents of spring
Here’s a word that’s probably not in your everyday lexicon: petrichor. The name of the aroma released after a storm, petrichor is a combination of aerosols carrying viruses and bacteria released after raindrops hit the ground. When raindrops break through the soil’s permeable surface, they form bubbles that float upward. Once these bubbles burst in the air, they create that soothing fresh scent. Scientists say light rain on dry ground will create a stronger scent due to a higher production of aerosols.