Does the weather affect your mood?  Well, I always thought that it affected mine but, The Thrive Programme taught me that I was wrong.

If you think dull or rainy days make you miserable and the sunshine cheers you up then you are probably not looking forward to the Autumn or Winter.

If you want to feel great, and Thrive, I can show you how you have been creating your own low moods but blaming them on the weather.

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Look out of the window – what do you see?

The truth is that we all see things differently depending on how we think about things.  I am lucky enough to have a view from my bedroom window so the first thing I do when I wake is look out at the weather.

On those mornings when the sun was shining I found it easy to start my day in a good mood and, not surprisingly, this would lead to a ‘good day’.  But the sun does not always shine so sometimes I would be greeted with dull, overcast, or wet weather.  I would view this in a negative way – “It’s a horrible morning” – and my mood dropped immediately so that I started my day in a low mood, and often stayed that way all day.

Once you start your day in a certain frame of mind it is easy to spend the whole day in that mood.  This may not be a bad thing if you start in a good mood but it certainly would not encourage you to have a good day.

So, what can you do about the weather?

The short answer is, nothing, but once you learn that you are creating your own moods it is a relatively small step to learning how to do this better.

Faced with a lovely, sunny, view I find it easy to be happy, but I no longer let bad weather affect me.  If my mood starts to slip I simply acknowledge this and that I am doing it myself.  I tell myself that the rain means not having to wash the car, clean the windows, mow the lawn, or any other chore I don’t enjoy.  Finding the positives has certainly changed my moods and, after all we cannot change the weather so why let it ruin our days?


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I’m Ian and I’m a qualified Thrive Programme Consultant. Using the professionally developed Thrive Programme – a proven, evidence based, positive psychology training programme – I work with people from all walks of life, providing the insights and skills they need to change their lives for the better.

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