William Shakespeare wrote many plays which had the genre of comedy, but wrote few tragicomedies, in which one’s name is ‘The Winter’s Tale’. The question arises here is why is it called The ‘Winter’s’ tale and not the Summer’s or Spring’s? As mentioned before, the play has the genre of tragedy.
Still confused? Well, many writers, poets and play wrights symbolize sadness, gloominess and distress with winter. Lets take Thomas Hardy as an example; in his poem; The Darkling Thrush, also has the main theme of winter, which again is the reflection of dreariness.
The question is why the writers would connect sadness with winter. We all tend to think that mood; which means the state of our mind is mainly related to the events of our life. If studied more scientifically, moods differ due to neurochemistry to the varying levels of neurotransmitters as well. Both of these logics reflect a mutual phenomenon that moods are always dependent on the individual only. For example, it is always about the personal events of one’s life that affect their mood and it is always about their own bodily reactions that scientifically affect their mood. But did you know that universal factors also affect your mood?
Yes, according to many researchers, time of the day and Weather; both universal elements have an impact on our moods.
Lets discuss the effects of the weather on our moods.
Winters for instance, are dull for many of us, as we tend to get very lethargic and feel as if we are dragged and forced to daily work routine. Also, we are inclined not to only seek for physical warmth through hot drinks and food but also emotional warmth. This is mainly not due to the ‘coldness’ of the weather, but mainly because of less Sun light.
Due to the Sun’s exposure, a hormone responsible for sleep; called melatonin, stops to work, which make our summer mornings fresh, alert and joyful. However, due to less brightness of the Sun in winter in the winters, the melatonin continues its job even after you wake up and hence, you still find it very sleepy and dull in the dark winter mornings.
As a matter of fact, there is a psychological disorder, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is ironically abbreviated as SAD. As mentioned in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual IV (DSM); a comprehensive classification of officially recognized psychiatric disorders, SAD is ‘specifier of major depression’. People suffering from SAD, tend to be depressed in the winter season.
As opposed to winters, the summer tends to be more joyful, however extreme high temperatures again lead to negative moods, like frustration and anger, etc. In fact, according to researches, the suicide rate is higher in summers and springs.
Again, rain also makes many people depressive and causes them to eat more than usual. However, the reason is not the biological change, but the fact that rain makes you less active as you stay in and socialize less.
All over, many researches tend to find out that the weather does affect one’s mood; in fact, there is biological proof as well, such as the varying levels of neurotransmitters and hormonal changes. But then again, there are people who love winters and find the season very cozy, and there are those too who are in completely in love with the rainy season. Hence, we can state that weather’s affect moods of individuals’ differently, varying according to their personalities.
Hence, the state of our minds, encaged in our skull can be affected by universal factors.