How to Use Color to Change Your Mood, Boost Health, Productivity, and More

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The colors we wear and surround ourselves with directly affect our mood, energy levels, finances and even relationships.

There’s no denying how mood and color are linked when you think of how we use colors to describe emotion- she was green with envy, or I saw red, and I’m feeling blue today.

The colors we wear reflect how we feel, but even more importantly, the colors we choose change how we feel.

Bright colors are used in children's hospital cafeterias to stimulate appetite. Dull, dusty beige hues are painted in prisons to subdue prisoners. Google encourages a colorful work-space to make workers brains think faster. Fast food restaurants incorporate the colors red and yellow because they want you to get hungry and eat quickly.

Here are colors and their properties, along with ways to use them to improve your life and change how you feel.

Red

Red is a very powerful color. It is often associated with love and passion, danger and anger. It has the longest wavelength, so time appears to move faster and a red object appears closer than it really is. Red can make you stronger and faster yet impairs performance on mental tasks.

Since ancient times, red has been associated with danger, thus should be used carefully and in small amounts.

Wear red accessories when you have a speech or important meeting, but stay away from it during tests or exams. You can use red to your advantage by wearing red accessories when you have an important interview, meeting, or speech to capture your audiences attention and for a splash of confidence. And wear red to a race and to the gym for a boost of energy and endurance.

Orange

Orange is a combination of red and yellow and as such has similar effects. It evokes positive feelings of warmth, sensuality, fun, physical comfort, abundance, passion, and security, yet in abundance can make you appear frivolous, immature and frustrating.

Orange cheers people up, and makes others consider you the life of the party. It enhances the feelings of happiness and vitality. Like red, it draws the eyes attention and shows flow but is not as overpowering. Orange feels aggressive yet balanced; it portrays energy and still be friendly and inviting. Orange is a smart call to action color to buy an item.

Yellow

Yellow has an emotional effect and is the most powerful psychological color. It is associated with hope, sunshine, and laughter. It boosts confidence, emotional strength, self esteem, creativity, optimism and friendliness. Yellow improves your spirits and intelligence, so wear something yellow during your next test. Have splashes of yellow in your creative work environment for inspiration.

In abundance, yellow can negatively effect anxiety and fear. It also reflects the most light so too much of it can irritate the eyes.

If you need a cheerful, energetic and comforting mood boost wear and surround yourself with bits of yellow.

Green

The color easiest on the eyes, green reduces fatigue, balances your mind, and promotes relaxation. Green accents in the bedroom and for meditation is perfect! Green promotes peace, refreshment, balance and harmony.

I’m sure you’ve heard that walking in nature relieves stress, rejuvenates and refreshes. Of course! It's because you’re surrounded by the healthful calming effect of green!

Too much green can bore and stagnate.

Green is associated with new beginnings, health and wealth. It’s a good color to use to portray security and growth, or to inspire possibility.

Blue

Green may be great to reduce stress, but blue brings the most calm. It stimulates the body to secrete serotonin and the body’s other feel good hormones, lowers blood pressure and creates feelings of trust. That’s why many banks bathe their lobbies and brands in blue.

I trust STEEM… Is that because it’s blue?

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Darker blues such as navy give a professional, corporate feel while light blues such as the ones used by facebook and twitter invoke a friendlier, relaxed feeling.

Being an intellectual color, it’s good to use blue to enhance mental clarity. And wearing it to interviews will help you appear dependable and trustworthy. But if used in excess you may appear cold, disengaged and unfriendly. And avoid using blue when you’re sad.

Purple

Purple is a regal color. Combining calm blue and exciting red, purple boosts creativity, pride, devotion, and mystery.

Purple calms the viewer, and is used in many high end beauty products for this effect.

Associated with royalty, purple helps you appear dignified, independent, and ambitious. Incorporate purple for a boost of ambition, and to make you appear wealthy and proud. Darker purple help to make a product or person look more luxurious and wealthy, while a lighter shade adds mystery and romance.

Too much purple can be associated with stigma of magic, and can make you appear pompous.

Black

Black is all the colors, and creates a protective shield from energy coming toward you. Wear black when you need security and emotional stability. It is associated with sophistication, glamour, and control.

Too much black conveys coldness and menace. Hence the reason the movie villains wear all black.

Wear a black shirt when you need to feel in control and during negotiations. It also helps you look more serious for an interview or promotion.

Colors are subjective.

What makes one human energetic might make another angry depending on past experiences, culture, etc. All colors have positive and negative aspects, the key is to use in moderation. Add splashes and highlights here and there.

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Nice post, I enjoyed reading. What kind of vibe does wearing white give off?

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Oh, wow, thanks for pointing out that I totally forgot white! lol

White is fresh, innocent, pure, clean and virginal. Therefore trusted- think Doctors lab coats. Too much of it (think an ALL white room) can actually cause anxiety as your brain scrambles for color.

Some lovely points on colors. I actually have a thing for red. A lot of the inside of my place is red...maybe that is why I am so flighty and swear like a sailor... but I think I have always been like that.

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At least you can use red as an excuse when you have prissy houseguests ;)

I am Groot! :D

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You are Groot. And what do you do, Groot?

It's a great post...keep sharing dear.

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Thank you so much! I hope adding some color somewhere in your life can change something :)

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"purple helps you appear dignified, independent, and ambitious", I agree :)

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I take is purple is your favorite color?

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Yes, it is. Purple and yellow, but it changes over the years..

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I love the effect of purple and yellow together :)

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Hello @bahagia-arbi! How are you?

I'm following back and looking forward to reading your posts :)

Thank you!

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This is an interesting post. So much information can be learned in how colors are used.

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Hey Mike! How are you?

I am glad you got something out of this!

Awesome @arbitrarykitten I Love Colour and use it lots, with fun, joy and love. There's a new housing development near us called "Aura, City of Colour" and apart from the entry colour the builders totally missed the brief. The houses there are all in shades of grey-beige, brown-beige and white-beige. Bletch. Our home is currently being repainted in golden yellow/cream. YAY. x

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The dull city of color. Wow. Just wow.

Lol, some people's offspring. Sheesh!

Cool post :)

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Thanks! I love incorporating colors into my wardrobe and environment to create my desired mood :)

Was wondering about white myself. Now you might have to write another post on the absence of color. 🐓🐓

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I like that- the absence of color ;)

I have several posts in the works on using colors, sounds, energy, etc to influence :)

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Thank you. Will check it out soon. 🐓🐓

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Awesome!