A great overview of the studies that exist on weather and mood. According to John Grohol, PsyD, founder and CEO of Psych Central, “there is research that says weather has little to do with mood, but the overall preponderance of evidence suggests that weather can have more than just ‘a little effect’ on you mood.”
A substantial number of folks feel more depressed in the summer. Extreme heat is hard to tolerate. In a study published in Science in 2013, researchers reported that as temperatures rose, the frequency of interpersonal violence increased by 4 percent, and intergroup conflicts by 14 percent. If you’re a Summer Hater, or just notice that your mood is affected negatively by the heat, here are some summer depression busters that may help you better tolerate these months — maybe even enjoy them.