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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COMMENTS (41)
  • 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

    • brooke-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:49 p.m.

      I agree.

    • josue-fox
      3/24/2016 - 01:52 p.m.

      yea i agree because imagine people just siting down with a normal face.

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

      I agree with tanner, I fell blue when I am sad and red when I am mad and angry

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

    This article helped me understand why color affects mood.

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

    i guess colors do change your mood

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

    I never knew colors could effect emotions

  • brooke-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:47 p.m.

    I feel that colors affect our moods to.

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

    it is really cool

  • kahlen-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:49 p.m.

    I did not know that. I thought it was in are DNA.

  • josue-fox
    3/24/2016 - 01:49 p.m.

    i think is awesom that people have emotion. its also cool that we could be happy,mad or sad.

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