How Does Color Affect Us?

As Sir Isaac Newton discovered, color is created by the deflection of white light, and actually contains all the colors that can be seen with the human eye.  Light, in all its glory, is our most crucial energy source.  Sunlight – the source of all light – carries with it all of the wavelengths and electromagnetic fields that are required for healthy beings to grow and flourish.  As sunlight beams through our eyes it triggers hormone production which impacts our wellbeing.  Without light, there is no color, and this gives us a stepping stone into all the different colors in our world. Science has proven that white light is composed of colors that have varying wavelengths and therefore affect us all in different ways. For example: the color red deviates the least since it has the maximum wavelength and frequency and often has a beneficial effect on us.  The color violet deviates the most as it has the least wavelengths.  Light affects our wellbeing, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.  But How?

Physically: From a physical point of view, each color has a different wavelength and we know that light travels in waves.  Color is absorbed through our eyes and our skin and permeates our body as a vibration.  Its effect is almost instantaneous but unless we are tuned in to its power we cannot appreciate this.  Once it has entered our eyes it proceeds as an electric impulse which travels to our brain, and specifically to the master gland, the hypo-thalamus.  Here is what is known as ‘control central’ for our minds and bodies.  This vital gland affects our sleep patterns, our appetite and behavioral patterns and body temperature, amongst other things, so we always want to keep it at an optimal functioning level.  Colors that are pleasing to us can subtly help this occur by sending it comforting colors – colors for example who will assist us in achieving the ever-desired restorative sleep.  Colors that are irritating to our hormones might bother our consciousness to the point where we become agitated and more ‘lively’ than we would have hoped for. 

Emotionally: From an emotional point of view color affects our mood and our reactions to various situations.  This can be through our fondness for, or our aversions to different colors, our preferences or dislikes, surrounding different colors, and even the associations we hold deep in our subconscious for certain colors.

Nutritionally: It is no coincidence that the foods containing the highest levels of vitamins and minerals are also the most colorful!  Mother Nature made these foods colorful and attractive so that humans would want to eat them more than foods that are made up of the bland yellow color, currently so common-place in our lives, and especially in our growing children’s lives. If we eat a poor diet, weak in nutrients, we might have excessive toxicity in our body and we most certainly will not be feeling our best.  The good news is that we are able to change this, and quite quickly too.  By improving our diet, we might be able to overcome tummy-aches, and the general ‘heavy’ feeling that comes with poor nutrition.  We must try to enjoy many different foods in all of the colors that Mother Nature has created them, and encourage our families to do the same and no doubt this will help us feel better in a short period of time.

Psychologically: There is no doubt that color can be full of associations that we have never even thought of.   Sometimes we develop an affinity with certain colors, or even certain shades of colors and we are not sure why.  On the other hand, we can also harbor a dislike to other colors without knowing why.  This can be generalized under the title ‘color associations’.  For example, if you have ever spent any period of time in a hospital, and felt scared, sad, miserable, lonely and perhaps helpless, and were surrounded by four white walls, then you might spend much of your time in the years that follow, with an aversion to the color white.  Another example of color association could be a scenario in which you might have had a close run in with a car of any color – let’s say blue for example.  Even though nothing serious happened, you might have stored somewhere in your mind the association of blue with danger.  Let’s hope this never happens to you. 

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