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7 Reasons Why People Who Enjoy The Rain Are Happier In Life

7 Reasons Why People Who Enjoy The Rain Are Happier In Life

Are you someone who rejoices when raindrops start to fall from the sky? Does a rainy-day forecast conjure delightful images of curling up in a cozy blanket with a hot beverage and a good book? If so, you are a part of a special tribe of people known as pluviophiles. By definition, pluviophiles are people who love the rain. You are probably used to listening to others whine endlessly about being wet and cold. Meanwhile, you fantasize about those delicious drops and wonder how someone could not appreciate a gloriously gloomy day. If you’re a pluviophile, not only are you joyful when it rains, the chances are that you’re a more pleasant person the rest of the time as well. Here are seven reasons why people who enjoy the rain are happier in life:

1. They tune into their senses to more fully experience life

People who love rain bask in their experiences. They can describe the rain in vivid detail, from the mesmerizing pitter-patter sound, to the hypnotic way each drop magnifies and changes the scenery on the on the other side of the window pane. Pluviophiles appreciate the scent of a fresh storm and the delicious feel of water dripping down their skin. They even know the taste of fresh drops as they look upwards with arms outstretched and welcome a cool drink from the clouds.

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2. They live in the moment

Happiness researcher, Dr. Matt Killingsworth, used a smartphone app called “Track Your Happiness” to have people report their level of happiness during specific activities in real time. What he found out was that there is a direct link between happiness and being completely present in whatever one is doing. What better way to get lost in the moment than playfully splashing through puddles?

3. They are more confident in themselves

Let’s face it, if you’re an adult running around like a four-year-old in the rain, you probably don’t care a whole lot about what others think. People who love the rain are actually proud of it. They are the cool ones, and everyone who is inside being miserable is missing out. Even if a pluviophile’s hair gets wet and their makeup runs, they don’t care. They still look good.

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4. They are more resilient during tough times

Pluviophiles understand very well that it takes a little rain to make the flowers grow. When things get a little rough in life, these are the people who will remind you that “this too shall pass.” In fact, they know that challenges are necessary to seize the best opportunities. You don’t get rainbows unless you also have rain.

5. They know how to keep things in perspective

A true rain lover would never dream of freaking out about the weather. It’s a few tiny raindrops, not a zombie apocalypse. Pluviophiles know how to look at the simple realities of life and put them in context. If you ever need someone to talk you off a ledge, go find someone who loves the rain. They will have you in your zen place in no time.

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6. They can see beauty in sadness

Just as the rain brings a clean scent and new life, rain lovers also appreciate the cleansing renewal of a good cry. One of the pluviophiles favorite ways to spend a rainy day is snuggled up on the couch or in bed while watching a good tearjerker.

7. They have a keen sense of their own mortality

Nothing makes a person live life more fully like knowing how fleeting it can be. While they enjoy dancing between raindrops and singing every “rain” song they can think of, rain lovers can also be deeply introspective. A stormy day provides the perfect opportunity to contemplate life. As they look at swiftly moving clouds and wet leaves falling from trees, they think about their own passing days.

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Rain lovers know the true meaning of the expression, “You only live once.”

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via mystockphoto.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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