What is a pluviophile and could you be one?

The definition: a pluviophile is a person who has a special love for the rain. Is this you? Then you will probably relate to the experiences described below.

4 Telltale Signs That You Are a Pluviophile

1. The smell of rain is one of your favorite ones

There is nothing as satisfying as the smell of the rain. A true pluviophile knows it better than anyone else. So if you are one, then this earthy scent is probably one of your favorite ones. When it’s raining, you open the window and let the fresh air fill your lungs. You close your eyes and let yourself get lost in the refreshing smell of wet earth.

Did you know the reason why rain smells so good? By the way, the scientific term for this scent is ‘petrichor’. It all comes down to the molecule called geosmin, which is produced by the bacteria found in the soil. When it’s raining, it gets released into the air as the water hits the ground, producing this pleasant fragrance.

he smell of rain can help reduce stress and improve your mood by up to 50%
The smell of rain can help reduce stress and improve your mood to up to 50%.

In fact, geosmin is used for the production of perfume. If perfumers use it, then there must be some good reasons why rain lovers enjoy the smell of the wet soil so much!

2. Taking walks on rainy days is among your hobbies

This may look a bit weird to most people, but unlike them, a pluviophile finds more joy in going out on a rainy day than in sunny weather. Empty streets, soothing sounds, and refreshing scents of the rain make such a walk a true pleasure.

Some people feel the rain

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
~ Bob Marley

The absence of people in the streets can make you feel like the whole world is sleeping and it’s just you and nature alone. That’s why introverts who love rain will appreciate such walks more than anyone else.

3. You find the sounds of the rain almost hypnotically calming

Some people get annoyed with the sound of raindrops falling on the roof. But not a rain lover. If this is you, you find this monotonous sound meditative and hypnotic. It can plunge you into a thoughtful mood and bring you a deep peace of mind. On rainy days, you may want to relax at home in the company of a good book, listening to the raindrops hitting your roof.

pluviophile definition

At the same time, you find the sound of thunder amazingly comforting even though it tends to make most people nervous and even scared. What can be better than staying safe in your home while the outside world is exposed to the violent power of the thunderstorm?

Did you know that there is an evolutionary reason why we find this experience particularly calming? In prehistoric times, when early humans were vulnerable to animal attacks, rainy weather was the safest time because this was when predators took a break from hunting.

4. Rainy days bring a special atmosphere

A pluviophile finds special charm in rainy weather. It’s not only about the smell and the sound of raindrops – it’s as if everything vibes differently when it’s raining. It triggers all the senses together in a unique way.

Rain brings special serenity which can’t be compared to anything else. It feels like all sounds get dispersed in the soothing chant of raindrops. Rain softens the silhouettes of people and objects. The chaotic noises of the city suddenly fade into the background as if the whole world is taking a pause from its hectic rat race.

I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things.

I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things. The world becomes softly blurred, and I feel like I melt right into it.
-Hagumi Hanamoto

For all these reasons, a pluviophile feels happier and calmer on rainy days.

Are you a pluviophile? Can you relate to the above experiences? Please share your thoughts with us!

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  1. Ginny

    As a Scorpio born on the 9 I have felt this since I was born.

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