Can Color Make You Happy?

January 28, 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just make ourselves feel happy by looking at a color? It seems possible – after all, some of what we see travels beyond our eyeballs and deep into our brain. Some research suggests that what we see can affect our emotions at a scientific level beyond mere associations. Great! Then all we have to do is surround ourselves with the “good” colors, right? It’s not that easy.

Some research shows that red can make people feel excited or aggressive. Pink can also lead to aggression, or make us feel calm. Orange can stimulate feelings of passion… or frustration. Blue can make us feel relaxed and calm, or aloof and unfriendly. Yellow can make us feel optimistic or fearful. Green can lead to a sense of peace and relaxation, or stagnation. Purple stimulates our introspection but can lead us into introversion.

What colors make YOU feel happy?