Does the color you see through your sunglasses have an effect on your mood? We've all heard the phrase about "looking through rose-colored glasses," but does that actually have truth to it? According to a type of therapy, called chromotherapy, it does.
Chromotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on the energy in colors.
Chromotherapists base their practice on principles of ayurveda that state that the body has seven chakras, or spiritual centers. These chakras each have a representative color that can be linked to the emotions each chakra holds. Think ROYGBIV, with violet at the top of the head and red at the bottom of the spine.
Alternative medicine techniques, such as chromotherapy are typically seen to be controversial by modern science. Color psychology, or chromotherapy, falls into this category. However, many people find success with chromotherapy and research supports that short term effects on behavior are common. This is exciting when it comes to a certain shade of sunglass boosting your mood. Everything in our world exists in color, so seeing the world through different shades may alter perceptions and elicit a better mood.
The company RainbowOPTX, is one who is using chromotherapy techniques in their sunglasses.
They feature 10 colors, each with a mantra that corresponds to the colors emotion:
Orange: I Feel, linked to emotions of balance, wisdom and joy.
Violet: I Know, linked to awareness, consciousness and inspiration.
Aqua: I Express, linked to communication, love and compassion.
Rose: I Love, linked to love, purity and comfort.
Click here for all the colors and their descriptions!
You might read these and think it's a bunch of hokey-pokey, but, sunglasses aside, there is evidence that your mood could be effected in different ways by different colors. While research in the area of chromotherapy and color psychology is still in its early stages, the effects that certain colors have on an individuals mood have been felt and talked about before. Most people say that they feel calm and peaceful in a blue room, while they feel more energized in a yellow or orange room. Cool colors, such as greens and blues, and warm colors such as reds and yellows, bring out similar moods in most people.
While each shade of sunglasses might not make you feel a certain way, the temperature of the color might adjust your disposition. Altering your mood through color psychology does not mean that you simply rely on a color to change your attitude.
Your frame of mind matters too.
Expecting to put on a pair of green sunglasses and instantly feel balanced and calm is unreasonable. But, putting on those green shades with the intention to feel calm and notice balance in your life may lead to surprising results.
So, can looking at the world through rose-colored glasses actually help you see things in a more a positive way?
That one is up to you to decide. With the right mindset, those pink shades could definitely make you feel more cheerful! Whether it's an exact science or not, experimenting with different shades of glasses could be fun and may even boost your mood!