If These 5 Things Happen To You When It Rains, You're A 'Pluviophile'

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There are terms for people who love books (bibliophile), people who enjoy wine (oenophile), and people who just can't get enough of the ocean (thalassophile).

But there is also a term known as pluviophile. And this strange word might have more of a psychological meaning than you could ever imagine.

What is a pluviophile?

Simply put, a pluviophile is someone who loves the rain.

While there are people who either love the summer or winter months, meaning they can't get enough of the sunshine or snow, in between those people are those who really love rain.

But more than just loving the rain, being a pluviophile is something that affects your mental health for the better.

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In fact, pluviophiles are people who find comfort and peace in the rain. They are the ones who run outside during a rain shower and dance around, sticking out their tongue and trying to catch a few raindrops.

Pluviophiles are in between loving the summer and winter seasons, but their creativity and free spirit during the rainy days are what set them apart from the bunch.

Have you ever wondered why you love rain so much? Well, these 5 signs indicate that you are a pluviophile.

1. You feel at ease when you hear the rain.

Have you ever heard the sound of the rain falling on your roof and suddenly you begin to feel “at home”? You might already be in your physical home, but something about the water falling from the sky puts your body into a comfortable state.

Instead of feeling gloomy like the weather outside, you grab a snack and hurry to your favorite spot on the couch to binge-watch the latest Netflix series.

2. You want to go outside when it rains.

When I was a kid, I used to love jumping outside into the rain and splashing around. I had no care or worry in the world about whether or not my clothes would get wet. However, adulthood changed my mind about the rain.

Pluviophiles do not mind getting their clothes and hair wet; as long as they are having the time of their life, all that circulates their mind is, “I hope the rain doesn’t stop.”

Maybe you’re the kind of person who doesn’t fear hanging out while it’s pouring, and your friends aren’t. That’s okay, because all you need is yourself and the rain.

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3. You love the way the air smells.

I love the smell of the air before it begins to rain. It’s almost like smelling the purest form of the air the way the universe intended it to be every day.

Pluviophiles can’t get enough of this amazing scent, which is known as petrichor, and their only wish (I’d assume) is to bottle up the smell and keep it in their possession forever.

4. You prefer wearing dark clothes.

Before it rains, the clouds and skies are engulfed by dark shadows. But after the storm is when the flowers bloom and a rainbow comes out to play. You love both of these aspects.

People might look at you funny for liking dark clothing, but alas, you’re a lover of both the gloomy shades of gray and the vibrant colors of the rainbow.

5. The rain helps you fall asleep.

After a long day, all a pluviophile wishes for is a long rainstorm to come and relax their mind. Not a lot of people can sleep when it rains, but you and your body know that when it rains, it’s time for some shut-eye.

The sound of the rain gently puts you to sleep like a mother tucking their child in for bed. Pluviophiles may also enjoy a nice thunderstorm, and find that the sound of thunder helps them drift off to sleep.

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Destiny Duprey is a writer and musician who has written dozens of articles on spirituality, astrology, and relationships. Follow her on Instagram for more.