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Discover the effects of colors in our lives

Updated on March 14, 2011

What's your favorite color?

This is one of the questions in every slum notes that we used to fill up during high school days. Little did I know that colors will have an important function in our personality, in our hearts, hormones and daily activities. Personally, I like blue colors, from shirts, pants and other accessories. I’m a true-blue person. Don’t get me wrong; I also like other colors but I prefer to be identified with blue hues.

To sharpen your memory: Go GREEN!

Not only green; you can use blue or other cool colors in all things you use during working hours. You can put posters, use paper and pen that adhere with those colors. According to color expert Leastrice Eiseman, author of More Alive With Color, These are the colors that can relax or calm our minds while working on the budget at home, transactions in the office or to focus on a complicated subject or topic.

Forget the time with RED!

Traffic signals use color red for STOP. Red is also associated with danger. Here in the Philippines, we often greet, although in a jest, a person who wears red dress a ‘happy birthday’. The Wagner Color Response Report of Wagner Institute for Color Response explains that bright colors disturb our brain and automatically forgets the time. Did you noticed the colors of the casinos, dance clubs or restaurants? It is dominated with red decorations. It’s purpose is to entice the customers to stay longer and spend more by ordering additional drinks or service.

Earn money with YELLOW!

Put yellow daisies or mums outside the gate or main door if you want to sell the house. It can easily attract buyers. According to studies conducted in the University of Georgia, participants get excited when they see the bright color of yellow. Researchers explained that bright colors, like yellow gives us a warm feeling and excitement and the notion that it is always summer time for them.

Reduce with PINK.

“You got a pink of health,” the doctor will say. Pink color helps reduce our stress from work or home. You can change the colors of your dining plates into pink ones. How about changing or buying countertop appliances with pink colors. You can put bulb of pink color inside the refrigerator and you will eat less automatically. A research was conducted by John Hopkins University in the USA through its Health, Weight and Stress Clinic that states that color pink prevents us from eating more food and reduces our wanton attitude towards it.

Stay Safe with SILVER -colored car.

It is important to ensure that you’re safe by driving and using a silver-colored car. British Medical Journal conducted a study on 1,000 drivers and found out that less accidents or road mishaps happened when using the silver car. It is more safer than white cars. Even British Agent 007, James Bond (of the famed movie series) use a silver car for a safer yet a treacherous adventure.

Be happy and be excited with ORANGE!

If you look at the color orange in an instant, what do you feel? If the red color excites our adrenal glands, it awakens our adrenal hormone and triggers our hearts that gives us an elated feeling. Color orange sustains the effect of excitement that you momentarily forgets any negative feelings that cloud our minds.

Fight the disease with Sky BLUE!

Once you got a head ache, go out of the house and look at the clear blue sky. Research shows that if you look at the blue color, the pain easily fades, it calms the hormone and gives us a peace of mind. The color is also use in the hospitals to reduce the stress of the patients, especially in cardiac care unit.

So, what color you want to be associated with?


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @visionandfocus: Well, good for you! You're like James Bond with his Silver car. And it did good for you.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      7 years ago from North York, Canada

      I had absolutely no idea about the colours blue and green being able to reduce pain and stress--that's very useful to know. And I'm glad to hear that silver cars are the safest because my car is called Silver! It's actually charcoal graphite, but my previous car was silver and the name stuck, which I guess is a good thing as neither of them has ever given me any trouble whatsoever! :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Lady in red is always a head-turner. Animals are color blind. The bull cannot distinguish the red color but it gets angry when the 'torero' moves the red handkerchief. Thanks, Sir Pete for your comment.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Very interesting. I have looked at the effects of colours on animals in the past. I know that a dark haired girl in a red dress does more for me than if she was wearing another colour... well usually;-) Oh and I have just noticed I have used the English spelling colour rather than the American color. Thank you for the hub.


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