Are people living in warmer climates happier?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MacFan782040, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2003
    Scranton, PA
    So for the last few days, it has been absolutely beautiful out- sunny, warm, and downright refreshing after that long winter we just had up here in the Northeast.

    It seems when it gets warm out, people are happier, more active, and feel better about themselves.

    I know it's the first warm-spell since winter and everyone is on a "high" because they can finally open windows, wash car, etc, but even so I find myself more content and active during the warm and sunnier summer season than during the winter.

    Research has shown that on rainy days, people are more likely to feel depressed or get angry as opposed to a warm, sunny day.

    Plus, in the winter, all the vegetation appears dead, days are shorter, and numb fingers and scraping ice off your windshield can be a pain.

    Another example- Your health. I am much more motivated to go outside for a run in 60-70 degree sunny weather, than in the winter. If I lived in a year-round warm climate, I would think I would run everyday.

    So I'm wondering-- are people happier in warmer climates? If all other demographics were the same- crime rate, poverty level, income, etc. Florida? Southern California? Arizona? I'm wondering if there are any studies on this and what other people think.

    Around here summer is usually always a person's favorite season. If "summer" was generally year-round, would somebody's quality of life be better, or are people in colder areas just experiencing a 3-4 month "summer high"?
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Get the hell off my lawn. :D

    You should read up on Seasonal Affective Disorder.
  3. macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Southern California
    I'm happier than all you bastages. I live in Socal.

    So suck it!

  4. macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    *high five*
  5. macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Earthquakes, fires and mud slides, not to mention that wasteland between San Diego and San Francisco. :D
  7. macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
  8. macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I am originally from living near Houston, TX since 2002. MUCH happier here. Being able to walk in shorts in January (in a typical year here...not this chilly year) is terrific!

    Even the heat and humidity of summer is glorious to me and those 3 months are much more tolerable than the dark, dreary, snowy months of Dec, Jan and Feb I had to endure for 32 years in the Northeast. I was always depressed when it would turn colder. I HATE winter.

    We each have 3 months that one doesn't really want to be outside for long...only during MY 3 months, I can get a tan, go swimming...etc. In PA I was just able get frostbite...and maybe a nice cold...achoo!
  9. macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Southern California
    That just adds to the excitement!

    You have the Jager to keep you warm. ;)

    But I'll admit, it gets crazy cold there. Anytime I'm in your neck of the woods and I can't keep the limo in a heated garage (which fortunately is rare), everything with liquid has to be removed, including the batteries. It's a huge PITA, especially after a long day and all you want to do is get to a bar ASAP. :)
  10. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I was in So. Cal. and now I'm in NC. I think overall I prefer NC over So. Cal. and I'm happy so suck it.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    Minnesota? I couldn't resist googling your 'Location' thing.


    I think it depends whether you like bad weather or not. I love it when it rains.
  12. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    that would be a nice question/thread title...

    do people in colder places (= colder climates) drink alcohol more?

    back to the topic. i think it is obvious that the sun gives people this "high" that makes people more satisfied, happier etc.

    i have never heard anyone say, oh damn it is sunny outside again...
  13. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Sunlight, not temperature. People who live on Canada's West Coast and suffer from depression in winter often find their mood improves if they move to Alberta which is by no means warmer but has a lot more sun in the winter.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    'Twin Cities' wasn't enough of a clue for ya?

    EDIT: sry...i.c. you are from the UK. Twin Cities refers to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
  15. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    This. :D
  16. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Maybe this explains why everyone in Toronto is so grumpy :D

  17. macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Well I hate being cold so this is just fine with me.
  18. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Not necessarily. We are just warmer. (thumbs nose at North from FL)
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    That's right, baby! ;) :D

    Well, sometimes it's too hot and I get really aggravated. :mad: So it's not good to be in super hot weather. Warm's good though. :cool:
  20. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    It definitely changes your view on life. We flit between London, which is cold or wet depending on the time of year; and Barcelona, which has 300 days of sunshine a year and is right on the coast. On the occasions when I've worked in Barcelona it's been far more preferable to London.

    Mind you, the three hour lunch break might be responsible for that :D
  21. macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    My really happy face here in Santa Barbara votes yes!
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    i love winter. sun, heat and humidity drive me right up the wall
  23. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Can't stand the heat. I don't like it too cold either. Warm enough to wear a t-shirt inside but a thick coat for outside... poyfect!

    I also like the feeling of being out in the snow or rain and thinking about going home to sit in the sauna. Ahhhhh.
  24. macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    Phoenix, AZ here.

    Everyone I know is miserable during the summer. It's too hot to do anything except go swimming (and the public pools are too packed during the day). It's even more miserable for people like me who don't have A/C in their car. I never want to go anywhere or do anything.

    I never want to bake or cook anything on the stove during the day. I have to save all of my errands for when it is dark (grocery shopping around 10pm is a habit that began during the summer but became a year-long tradition).

    In a few months I will be moving to upstate NY, and I couldn't be more excited about it.

    If you lived in Phoenix, you would have about a three to four month window when the weather was nice enough for an outside run every day. If you want to do any running during the summer, you have to wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning to get it in before the sun comes up. Otherwise you're looking at running when it is as high as 120 outside.

    Yes, you are experiencing a summer high. If you lived somewhere were it was practically summer year-round, like Phoenix, you'd probably hate it. My favorite seasons are fall and winter.
  25. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I enjoyed San Diego (more so than LA), but I absolutely loved NC. If not for us having to move to the West Coast, we would have been in NC.

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