Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Use Color Ideas to Cultivate Happiness

Color Tips that Cultivate Happiness

Research shows when we see certain colors, our brains release feel-good chemicals that impact us on a physical and emotional level. A study published in the October 2019 issue of  Journal of Environmental Psychology indicates YELLOW is usually the color of happy, joyful emotions. 

Happiness improves our sense of well-being. However, the study also revealed not all people associate yellow with good vibes. 

Those who live close to the equator and in climates with a scarcity of rain, find yellow less attractive than people who live in cooler, rainier climes.

To illustrate, look at the color wheel below. It is a visual representation of the broad range of hues in the visible light spectrum. 

RED, ORANGE, and YELLOW are three colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel. For additional details about the origin of the color wheel and its creator, Sir Isaac Newton, look here

Colors 4 Health and Happiness

Warm colors often evoke feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy. Warm hues make rooms and objects appear smaller, because they make them look closer and create a cozy feel. 

Warm hued paint colors, carpeting, or furniture makes spaces look more intimate. A word of caution. A big concentration of warm color can be overwhelming, and may even stimulate aggressive emotions. To offset this, pair warm tones with neutral ones.

ORANGE is a bright warm-toned color. It's the color of many healthful, tasty fruits and vegetable.

Orange energy supplies a dose of emotional support. Its power helps us feel creative, enthusiastic, and perky.

RED is an energizing warm-hued color. It speeds up metabolism and inspires excitement, passion, and love. Red reminds us of heart health. For heart disease prevention tips see this

PINK is next to red on the warm hued area of the color wheel. It evokes feelings of gratitude and admiration. The color pink carries with it the meaning of elegance and grace. It reminds us of sweetness and tender loving care.

Dark pink is the variation of pink that is often used as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation, and is a color I love to wear.

Another factor that influences our color preferences is unique to each individual. Colors work at the cellular level and bypass thinking. Color likes and dislikes are subjective, and often are affected by our life experiences, mindset, and feelings.

When we interact with someone (a loved one or even stranger) or participate in something that is meaningful to us, we are likely to remember and associate it with the colors we saw. 

Colors can make our surroundings, peoples' body language, and sounds, smells, textures, and moments vivid, and our memory of them long lasting

A quote that appears on the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health (NIH) Website follows. 

"Colour is believed to be the most important visual experience to human beings (). It functions as a powerful information channel to the human cognitive system and has been found to play a significant role in enhancing memory performance ()."

How many of the warm hued colors mentioned above bring you pleasure? 

When I wear bright pink I feel optimistic and lovable. Red reminds me of romance and I associate it with the sweet aroma of fresh roses just picked from my garden. Orange lifts my spirit as I envision a gorgeous southwestern sunrise or sunset. Yellow makes me think of fun times and sunflowers and popcorn. 


Cool colors are often more subdued than warm ones. Cool colors recede and appear to be farther away from the observer than warm ones. Cool colors include green, blue, and purple, and variations of those three colors. 

BLUE is a favorite color for a large segment of the world population, and is slightly more popular with men than women. Blue is the only primary color within the cool spectrum.

Blue is a great stress buster, and letting go of tension helps us feel happier.

GREEN is a cool-hued color that helps us establish a pathway for renewal, expansion, and flexibility. It promotes growth, balance, good health, and abundance. 

For colorful ideas about ways to enhance your lifestyle with green see this. Some shades of green take on elements of yellow, and uplift our spirit.

PURPLE possesses some of the attributes of red, so it's a less subdued cool color than the others. 

Wear a light shade of purple (lavender) to calm hyperactivity. 

Connect with Crown Chakra Energy and its corresponding color of purple to Integrate Mind, Body, and Spirit and feel centered and peaceful.

Warm and cool toned colors can help us feel greater happiness. Let's cultivate those that appeal to us. 

There are so many ways to use colors to attract goodness into our lives. Decorate, don, and envision colors. To spice up our day, let's visualize happy kids in colorful hues dancing (see first illustration above). 

Cultivate colors to feel content, nurtured, and increase happiness!

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Which colors help you feel happy? Please explain.

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  1. Hi Nancy, my grandson recently asked me what my favourite colour was and I realised it changes all the time depending on my mood.

    1. Understand that your favorite color changes all the time depending on your mood. Good observation. Wishing you a wonderfully colorful day and thanks for the visit.

  2. Nancy,
    I recognize that color has a strong impact on the way I feel. My favorite feel good colors are teal and shades of pinks and reds. Although I did notice I felt very uplifted around that purple design that you shared! Thanks for this interesting and great post.

  3. Bet those colors look wonderful on you Judee. Thanks for the comment and have a color rich day.

  4. This is such an interesting explanation of colour. Your images make for a very colourful post

    1. Thanks Jennifer for the visit and comment. So happy to meet you. Have a lovely evening and use colors to lead a colorful life.

  5. Hi, Nancy - This is fascinating research. Thank you for sharing it with us. Pink (in all of its form) is my favorite color! #mlstl

    1. Thanks so much for your support and sharing your favorite color. Pink is right up there with purple on my fav list. Have a colorful day and enjoy autumn in all its splendor.

  6. Nancy,
    Great post. I learned so much. Congratulations, you are being featured on TFT today. I hope you stop by.

    1. Hi Bev, Thrilled and honored to be featured at Thurs Favorite Things. It's such a fun blog party. I hope my readers drop by to see all the wonderful shares. Thanks again and enjoy this glorious season.

  7. Nancy, great post on orange/yellow. I explored color theory last year and found the same positive feelings that these colors bring into our lives. We could all use more positive reinforcement right now!

    1. Thanks Rachelle for the visit and comment. Seems like we're on the same page about orange/yellow and that brings a smile to me face. Wishing you a colorful day and positive vibes whenever you need them.

  8. I know that color has a great impact on me. I find it uplifting and love to be surrounded with teals and deep pinks!

    1. Thanks so much Judee. Certain colors work like that for me too. Happy Thurs. and be well.

  9. Interesting post! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 17. Shared.

  10. Nancy, I so enjoyed this post. Color is such an important part of our experience, and I found it so interesting to learn more about how we interact with it. I know color definitely makes me happy, that is for sure! Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

    1. Wow. So excited and honored to be featured at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Thanks so much April and have a terrific week.

  11. It's fascinating to learn how colors affect our emotions. Color is all around us, and I usually don't take the time to notice how different colors affect my mood. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 54.

  12. You are right about colors affecting our emotions. Thank you Carol for hosting Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 54, and sharing your comment here at Colors 4 Health. Have a fabulous week and be well.