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The Secret Life of A Pluviophile: Why Gloomy Days Bring Me Happiness

The Secret Life of A Pluviophile: Why Gloomy Days Bring Me Happiness

There's something special about a rainy day, isn't there? The rain pouring down, the wind howling, and the sky's darkness, broken only by the occasional streak of sun rays trying to break through the clouds. This kind of day, which might sound rather depressing to some, makes me unusually happy and content; for me, dark, cold, gloomy days are pure bliss. The world stands still for a moment, and I can finally breathe.

I love the smell of rain, its sound falling gently on the ground, and the plants and trees glimmering in water droplets. I am in awe as the dark clouds loom in contrast with the ocean, with shades of blue, green and grey. I love to get out amongst this kind of day and feel at one with it. The air feels cleaner; there is no smog or dust, no one mowing their lawn, and no roadworks. As humans put down their tools, the nature around me comes alive - plants open up to receive nourishment, and baby animals emerge from their nests. Birds take flight and swoop to catch the worms as they emerge from the damp earth. Nature flourishes under these conditions, and so do I.

Gloomy days offer me a chance to slow down, breathe and take a mental break from the stresses of everyday life. They are a reminder that there's more to life than schedules and to-do lists. They give permission to pick up a book, write, nest and organise, nap and light candles - They inspire simplicity. When the sun is shining, it's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But when the rain is pouring down, everything seems to slow down, allowing me to appreciate the simple things in life, and find inspiration, creativity and joy in the small moments.

The Secret Life of A Pluviophile: Why Gloomy Days Bring Me Happiness

Today, as the rain runs down my window, I feel a sense of warmth and safety. I sigh, smile and wrap up in a cozy blanket on my couch with a mug of warm cacao and listen as the rain gently hits the roof. It is such a lovey feeling - magical and kind of exciting. I feel calm and secure in my own cozy bubble, safe from the world outside. There is something incredibly soothing about listening to the rain as it washes away my stress and worries. This feeling of inner peace and escape from reality is something I deeply cherish as I relax into the moment and simply be.

I am a Pluviophile. A person who finds happiness and peace of mind during gloomy, rainy days. If you, too, thank you for being here; it is lovely to meet you. If you would like to keep in touch, be sure to join my Simply Letter Community.

Sending love as always.


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