Color can make a world of difference

Living in Seattle has helped me to gain a better appreciation of the sun. When I see the sun I make a beeline for the front door. Or the back door or the side door as long as it gets me outside. Why? Because the sunlight does a lot to change my mood and energy levels.

Color is no different. While it’s not going to get you higher levels of vitamin D, adding color to your life will go along way toward improving your mood. Don’t believe me? Check out this story on MSN!

We all have natural reactions to color—a clear blue sky can make you feel more peaceful; a bunch of daffodils, more optimistic. So it’s no surprise that the colors in your home can have an impact on your mood, too. Red, for instance, tends to be stimulating, and blue, calming, says color researcher Nancy J. Stone, PhD, a professor of psychology at Creighton University. How pure and bright a shade is can come into play, too, as well as personal associations with the color. Here’s how you can tap into the power of color to feel happier, calmer, or more inspired—without a huge paint job.

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