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Color your mood

Research suggests you can color your mood with the shades you choose. Some studies even hint at color’s ability to affect health. For example, visualizing the color blue helped some study subjects lower their blood pressure, while 30 minutes of exposure to red light raised blood pressure.

Pay attention to the effect colors have on you. While you don’t need a scientific study to prove your personal reaction to hues, you might be interested in the qualities “color therapists” attribute to certain shades:

Yellow cheers and increases energy.

Pink soothes and promotes affection.

White energizes and enlivens.

Orange stimulates appetite, conversation and good cheer.

Red, the symbol of passion, stimulates and dramatizes.

Green balances, refreshes and soothes.

Purple comforts and encourages reflection.

Blue relaxes, cools and promotes inner peace.