What if we could enhance, or even alter, our moods and energy simply by paying attention to, and adjusting, the colors in our environment?
Want to relieve stress and unleash your inner creativity? Go outside and think green.
Green stimulates the pituitary gland, reducing agitation and inviting a sense of tranquility. Not only are there more shades of green than any other color, but green is also the color most often found in our natural environment.
Spending a little time in nature will not only be a stress reliever, research shows that the color green also stimulates creativity and innovation.
Want to increase physical energy, lift your mood and get a boost of confidence? Dig that red sweater out your closet.
Studies show that the color red not only increases physical energy levels but also has other physical effects such as elevated blood pressure, increased respiratory rates, and enhanced metabolism.
The color red is also linked to increased enthusiasm and increased confidence.
While research shows a positive link between wearing red and enhanced performance in physical challenges, viewing red before taking on cognitive challenges has the opposite effect.
Red is the opposite of green: create a balance between the two colors to maximize physical energy and mental alertness.
Want a boost to your digestive system, an increased sense of balance and contentment? You need a little splash of orange in your life.
Research shows that the color orange stimulates appetite and promotes a sense of general well being and contentment.
Although it's one of the most popular among children, it should be an adult favorite as well because orange is associated with increased emotional energy and a sense of warmth and passion.
Physically, seeing the orange increases oxygen supply to the brain which can aid in decision making, a heightened sense of mental activity and understanding.
Orange combines the calming effects of the color yellow with the confidence of the color red.
Want to capture positive attention, encourage communication and enhance critical thinking? Create an environment with light touches of yellow.
Yellow is the most luminous of all colors and produces the widest range of conflicting emotions. In almost every culture yellow is both the color symbolizing both caution and happiness.
Research indicates the color yellow may simulate the areas of the brain that are directly linked to logic and practical thinking. Yellow can help activate memory and stimulate the nervous system. But, true to its dual nature, yellow is also considered a "childish" or playful color. And, too much yellow can be distracting and make it difficult to focus or concentrate.
Subtle yellow tones have a calming effect but too much bright yellow may cause agitation and anxiety.
Yellow can enhance vision but too much bright yellow can irritate the eyes.
Remember - a little bit of yellow goes a long way.
Want to feel cool and calm while projecting an aura of confidence? Put on that blue dress and go get 'em!
Physically, the color blue can promote getting better sleep at night. During the day, research indicates that blue light can enhance performance when dealing with tasks requiring attention to detail. Blue can also suppress feelings of hunger - maybe using those pretty blue plates are a good idea when we're dieting.
Emotionally, the color blue enhances our feelings of tranquility, calmness, and peacefulness.
Not only does seeing the color blue influence how we feel - it affects the perception of how others see us when we are wearing blue. The color blue is most likely to be seen as representing stability, wisdom, maturity, honesty, and confidence.
Blue is the perfect color to incorporate into all facets of life - both professionally and personally. Maybe that's why most people chose blue as their "favorite color".