Can Nail Polish Change My Mood?


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As I was sitting in my dorm tonight watching my beloved New York Giants win, I considered painting my nails. As almost any other girl knows, choosing a color can be quite a process. Not only do we have to consider what season it is, but also what color we "feel" like wearing. While looking through my nail polish colors, I realized that I not only own every color of the rainbow (some even in various shades), but I have worn all of the colors at some point in my life. Why did I choose to paint my nails lime green, for example? Looking back on my middle school years, it seems impossible to imagine what was going through my head. But what if the color green was affecting my mood? What if I felt a certain emotion by looking at the color green on my nails every day? I thought this was a topic worth looking into.....

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I found an article online that discusses how color affects our mood. Whether it be hot pink or black, each color can trigger an emotional reaction. According to Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of The United States, "We react on multiple levels of association with colors -- there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors. You also have an innate reaction to color. For example, when you look at red, it does increase your heart rate. It is a stimulating color. This goes back to caveman days of fire and danger and alarm." I found this to be very interesting. Not only do different colors affect our mood, but different shades of the color can as well. The article goes into more specific detail of each color, but I'll spare that from this blog post.

Oh, and by the way, according to this theory...when I painted my nails green, I must have been feeling very relaxed and calm, as green "is relaxing because it is associated with growth and nature." I still haven't decided what to paint my nails tonight......I'm going to sleep on it and see how I feel in the morning!


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I've never thought about how your nail polish color could affect your mood, but it makes perfect sense. I've always known that color can affect your mood, and a lot of thought is put into color, especially in things like room color. There are even some retail corporations that hire people specifically to choose the best colors for their stores and advertisements. They pick colors that will subconsciously affect consumers in positive ways, in hopes that they will then give the company business. Crazy what the right colors can do!

I never thought to think about nail polish actually affecting our moods. I've always wondered why I feel the way I do when I paint my nails a fiery red, or a cool blue color. I know that when it's cold and snowy, and in the dead of winter here, I always like to paint my nails with bright colors, because it's a different pace from what everybody else does, and because it makes me feel much better, even if it's miserable outside. It's almost as if having that bright color on my fingers means that summer is closer than it actually is.

I've never thought about how your nail polish color could affect your mood, but it makes perfect sense. I've always known that color can affect your mood, and a lot of thought is put into color, especially in things like room color. There are even some retail corporations that hire people specifically to choose the best colors for their stores and advertisements. They pick colors that will subconsciously affect consumers in positive ways, in hopes that they will then give the company business. Crazy what the right colors can do!

I never thought to think about nail polish actually affecting our moods. I've always wondered why I feel the way I do when I paint my nails a fiery red, or a cool blue color. I know that when it's cold and snowy, and in the dead of winter here, I always like to paint my nails with bright colors, because it's a different pace from what everybody else does, and because it makes me feel much better, even if it's miserable outside. It's almost as if having that bright color on my fingers means that summer is closer than it actually is.

This article was very interesting! I love painting my nails and do so about once a week. After reading this article I searched other articles related to nail polish. I came across an article that is really scary! The article states that nail polish contains a chemical that could lead to cancer! Take a look for yourself in Natural News . Its pretty scary.

I think that color theory is something really interesting that not enough people know about. I've actually looked into color theory before, but I'd never thought of it in relation to nail polish colors.
My one of my best friend's father was on the school board and his campaign color (teal) was in part chosen by advertisers using color theory. They said it was the best color for campaigning as it was memorable, but not overwhelming. As it turns out, advertisers use color theory in everything. The color red stimulates appetites which is why so many logos have the color red in them (McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, etc. for example). There's and interesting article about color theory in business here.

What I also found interesting, was WHY we react to colors. The evolutionary perspective that you mentioned is intriguing. I'm always hesitant of the evolutionary perspective for some reason, but I find the reasoning fairly sound. I wonder what the reasoning is behind the way we relate to other colors the way we do.

With that said, I love painting my toe nails and always paint them a bright color because it makes me happy and it feels like summertime. I guess that's just color theory in action.

Okay, just based on personal experience, I have to say that I think color can affect mood, even in nail polish. It's so interesting to read theories about the influence colors can have on our moods and emotions. According to this site*, this idea goes back even to ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures, who practiced chromotherapy (using colors to heal). While various colors' sentiments have changed throughout time and across cultures, it's definitely a topic that I would really like to learn more about.


*http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm

I am a nail polish queen. I also have every color of the rainbow and about every shade one can possibly own. After reading your blog post, I actually thought to myself about all the times I paint my nails and whether it had anything to do with my mood. As weird as it sounds, I really have to agree with what you're saying. Every time I chose a bright color, I was feeling happy or excited that day, and every time I chose a darker or cooler color, I always felt a little more gloomy. I know they say that a person's personality is represented by a color as well, but I wonder if that's also true or not. Colors are associated with so many emotional occurrences in our lives!

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