It’s a gorgeous, bright sunny early fall day. The sky is a rich blue, the leaves on the trees haven’t turned yet here in upstate New York so they’re still a rich green. If you are feeling sad or depressed, you may see something very different looking out the same window! Have you ever looked at a piece of clothing or flowers and someone right in the room with you sees the colors differently?
Your mood affects how you perceive the world. Oh, I know, you already knew that. But did you realize it actually affects how your eyes perceive colors? It does! When you are sad or down everything can seem gray, colorless and drab. If you ever wondered why that was, it is because sadness actually limits the amount of light entering the retina of your eyes and also lowers the neurotransmitter, dopamine in the retina. Your eyesight is literally depressed!
Color in and of itself is powerful – as are music and scent – in accessing and affecting your emotions. So while your mood can affect how you see color and the world itself, colors can affect your mood as well.
Colors in the red spectrum (red, orange and yellow) are known as warm colors which evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. (Think “seeing red” when you’re angry.)
Colors on the blue side of the spectrum (blue, purple and green) are known as cool colors and are often described as calming, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference. (Here’s where we get the expression “feeling blue” when we’re down or sad.)
There are holistic, alternative experts today who use chromotherapy (color therapy), which has been practiced by ancient cultures like the Egyptians and Chinese for centuries. Color can impact people in various ways, for example:
Researchers found the color red actually increases heart rate and causes people to react with greater speed and force. Good for athletes.
Yellow stimulates hunger, so it’s no surprise that a certain fast food giant capitalizes on “the golden arches,” and constructs entire buildings largely decorated in yellow.
Warm-colored placebo pills were reported as more effective than cool-colored placebo pills.
Red, yellow, and orange pills are associated with a stimulant effect, while blue and green pills are related to a tranquilizing effect.
Evidence shows that green is relaxing because it is associated with growth and nature.
So if the world has been looking fuzzy and colorless (literally!) it could well be because you are sad. There are several very effective ways to address your emotions like prayer, meditation, EFT and other energy medicine techniques.
And you can always use color to your advantage – put a bright orange shirt on if you need a bit of a push to get to the gym or wear a yellow scarf if you want to invite people into your life. Your mood can alter how you see colors and the world, but you can use color to your advantage to alter your moods!
Do you notice how different colors make you feel? Do you use color in creative ways in your life?
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