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, how do colors affect our moods?
 
Oh, man, I'm green with envy. I'm so angry I'm seeing red. Oh guys, 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.
 
But, the effects of color aren't written into our DNA. They're set by personal experience. I mean, you could imagine some universal associations between say, a feeling of tranquility and the calm blue of the sky. But for Joe Schmoe, blue might also trigger anger and fear because it reminds him of the jacket on the playground bully.
 
The cultures we live in also tend to dictate how we read certain colors. Like in the west, we think of white as representing purity and innocence. But in some eastern 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 or office managers from relying on 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 (260)
  • mauryg-612-
    3/24/2016 - 10:21 a.m.

    I think white has more than one meaning because people have different emotions and or opinion. Some people may think of white as being peaceful or some might say godly as to others look at is as surrender or feeling bad. So that is why I think it white has different meanings.

  • jennifers-612-
    3/24/2016 - 10:25 a.m.

    It has more than one meaning because of cultures or of the point of view you have with the color white.

  • marybellg-612-
    3/24/2016 - 10:32 a.m.

    White represents purity and innocence, in the west. In most of the eastern cultures means mourning. White has more than one meaning because not all colors can have one meaning. White could be a very emotional color and a special color to a lot of people.

  • kaylin507734507739
    3/24/2016 - 10:34 a.m.

    this was a good article! i was inspired by how colors change our moods

  • kenziel-hol
    3/24/2016 - 10:34 a.m.

    I think that white has more than meaning because it is not really a color. White is colorless and black colorless. Absolutely no color.

  • jl-raf
    3/24/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    White means morning and purity and innocence.

  • rebeccat-612b-
    3/24/2016 - 11:42 a.m.

    In the passage it says "The cultures we live in also tend to dictate how we read certain colors. Like in the west, we think of white as representing purity and innocence." That is why white has more than one meaning.

  • brandon-raf
    3/24/2016 - 01:44 p.m.

    I thought this video was really cool. My favorite color is green.

  • ashleyv-612-
    3/24/2016 - 01:45 p.m.

    It is cool that blue can mean a differ mood to differ people
    ex:it can mean to somebody angry , someone elas can mean happy.The reson is because personal experienca.

  • ashleyt-kut
    3/24/2016 - 01:48 p.m.

    I found that article very interesting. Colors depend all on your mood. I like how they give really good detail about the color blue and white how it is on the Western side of the United States. I found it very interesting when the passage was talking about how colors can effect our DNA.

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