How do colors affect our moods? Have you heard of the saying, feeling blue? (Thinkstock)
How do colors affect our moods?
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You asked us a question. How do colors affect our moods?
 
I'm green with envy. I'm so angry I'm seeing red. I'm feeling really blue today.
 
We definitely tend to link colors with emotions. There's been plenty of psychological and social research on how specific colors actually influence our moods and actions.
 
The effects of color aren't written into our DNA. They are set by personal experience. You might be able to imagine some universal associations. For example, a feeling of tranquility might remind you of the calm blue of the sky. But for Joe Schmoe, blue might also trigger anger and fear. Perhaps it reminds him of the jacket on the playground bully.
 
The cultures we live in also tend to dictate how we read certain colors. We often think of white as representing purity and innocence. But in some cultures, it's the color of mourning.
 
The lack of agreement hasn't stopped advertisers from using those cultural differences. They try and influence our buying decisions. Office managers might use color information theory to increase productivity in the workplace.
 
Whether these colorful tricks work or not is up for debate.  

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Why does white have more than one meaning?
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COMMENTS (41)
  • gracen-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:40 p.m.

    I thought this was really cool but one of my thought was what color makes us happy.

    • tanner-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:46 p.m.

      I wonder what color is the sign of happy and I agree with you because when you said it was cool it is cool that colors is how we think of our emosions

    • ellap-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:46 p.m.

      May be yellow

    • grace-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:46 p.m.

      I agree with you great job but I think that the happy color would probably yellow.

    • brooke-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:53 p.m.

      I wounder what color makes us happy to. Ella P. said that it might be yellow.

    • bridger-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:53 p.m.

      I agree with you on that. I also agree with what color makes us happy.

  • grace-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:41 p.m.

    I think that how when we see different colors it linked us to different feeling is actually really cool and amazing!

  • stella-1-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:43 p.m.

    White has more then one meaning because it might make you think of calm fluffy clouds of a wedding it makes me think of sparkling snow and hot coco but it might mean something else to you white also means to me marshmallows
    mmmmmm.....

  • tanner-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:43 p.m.

    I agree with the article because when we read we think of emosions of people as if someone is feeling blue or they are feeling angry and then are turning red and it is right also because we do like to think of colors as emosions when we our selves are feeling down it is like weriod of how it effects our mood

    • brody-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:48 p.m.

      I completely agree with you and you did a great job explaining it.

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