Rainy Days

rainWe’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the north west around Vancouver Island, Canada.  Its a beautiful part of our country.  We love it here.  The one thing that we had to adjust to was the number of “rainy days” experienced here because of the weather heading east off of the Pacific Ocean.

I’ve always liked rainy days.  They are kind of therapeutic to me.  I love the feeling of hibernation that comes with remaining indoors safe and dry while the rain falls from the sky making everything wet and cold.  It’s rainy days that inspire me to create hot comforting soups and stews in my kitchen.  It’s rainy days that make me want to stay in my comfy clothes and slippers and curl up on the couch with a good book.  I love the white noise the rain makes hitting the roof of my home at night when tucked in bed for sleep.

There are many references in music and literature to rainy days.  We all know the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters.  The line that comes to my mind in this song is “rainy days and Mondays always get me down”.  There is the song “Singing in the Rain”.  And of course you’ve heard the saying “save for a rainy day” which means to put something aside for the future when you may need it.

We know that Mother Earth needs rain.  Rain humidifies the air.  Rain regulates the planets water table.  Grass, trees, flowers, animals, and humans all need water to survive.  So let’s try and put a positive spin on rainy days.

In Chinese Medicine, rain is considered “yin” which symbolizes internal, feminine, the water element.

Apparantly people are more productive on rainy days.  A Harvard Study in 2012 found that workers finished projects faster on gloomy days.    I get that.  I use to want to skip out of school or work on sunny days.  On rainy days what else was there to do.  You might as well give your project your full attention and get it done.

Our metabolism speeds up on chilly, damp days.  If that’s true then I think I will stay outside all day in the rain….ha ha.  Only kidding.  But truthfully when we are shivering in cooler temperatures we are burning more calories.

Rain gives off NEGATIVE IONS which benefit the human body.  They produce a positive effect on our health.  These negative ions produce reactions in our bodies which help to alleviate stress and depression and actually give us an energy boost.  If you’ve spent time near running water or moving water such as a waterfall or the ocean surf…you have probably felt euphoric.  This is from the negative ions that moving waters produce.  Walking outdoors after a thunderstorm when everything is wet and nourished is also a positive thing to do for your mood.

A quote by Pierce Howard, director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences, is this: “Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy.”

My recommendation on the next rainy day….go for a walk in the rain without your umbrella and soak up all of those negative ions which produce positive effects.

I knew there had to be a sound reason why I like rainy days.




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