A new research project carried out by Trinity College and MET Éireann has shown that Irish people are in fact happier when it is raining.
The psychology department teamed up with the meteorological centre to study the links between the weather and people’s overall moods. Many of the researchers were expecting people’s moods to deteriorate with the return of the rain, but the data showed exactly the opposite.
Although many people are can be seen and heard complaining about return of the rain, studies show that this is in fact extremely pleasurable for them. Complaining releases huge amounts serotonin in the Irish brain. It is also thought to block serotonin inhibitors, making the overall experience of complaining similar to the high a heroin addict gets when he or she shoots up.
Sunshine also increases levels of depression, because Irish people tend to focus on the fact the good weather will never last and they are just going to wind up having it all taken away from them anyway, rather than planning positively focused activities while they can.
Irish people are actually biologically addicted to moaning and complaining. The studies show that it is a hard-wired, pleasurable response and anything that prevents its can have very bad psychological effects.
The extended period of sunshine sent Irish people into a cold turkey state, making it incredibly difficult for them to get their daily fix of bitching and moaning. The sunshine also caused an increase in beach racism amongst many young men too.
So although the rain has returned, it appears that the emotional wellbeing of the population will be restored to a healthier more positive level for the foreseeable future.