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The sensation of time and space is
infuenced by colors.  For instance,
the color red increases the rate at
which the heart beats and, causing
time to appear to pass faster.  Green,
however, creates an atmosphere of
emotional balance.  The eyes relax
and concentration increases.  Imagine
yourself walking through a forest and
try to experience the feeling.  Even blue
has the ability to fool the senses.   In
blue light, for example in the moonlight,
it is easy to underestimate the weight
and dimensions of objects.   Blue has
a relaxing effect on muscles and the
heart beats slower, it feels as if time has
suddenly slowed down. 
To quote the Russian abstract painter
Wassily Kandinsky (1886-1944) “In the
frst instance, color infuences our souls”. 
And most people would agree with him. 
The appreciation of life and beautiful
colors are often related.   Caught up in
the explosion of colors during a sunrise
or sunset, immersed in the turquoise
waters of the sea or the sparks and
fames of an open fre, you immediately
feel the sense of happiness and calm.
This knowledge of the therapeutic
effects of colors, not surprisingly has
many application.  “Color therapy” is the
term for the technique of using color to
soothe or even heal ailments of the body
or soul.   Used widely for the treatment of
very young children, premature babies,
for example, often develop severe forms
of jaundice, which are treated with blue
lamps.   In everyday life, you can make
use of the effect of color on your psyche
in order to enhance your job satisfaction
and well-being.  People with high blood
pressure, for instance, should have less
red in their environment.  Headaches
can be reduced by getting rid of the
color yellow.  This is one reason why
hospitals, for example, don’t use strong
colors, neutral pastel tones create a
sense of well-being.
In a hospital’s operating theatres, green
is common.  Even the overalls worn
by the doctors and nurses are green. 
Green has replaced the more clinical
white, since it has been found to calm
patients more.  Green also counteracts
headaches, disturbances of vision and
loss of concentration among surgeons
and their medical assistants – problems
that come out in bright white rooms or
attire.  The color green has also found
its way into factories and workshops. 
Potentially dangerous and machines can
be painted dark green to give a calming
effect and lowering accident rates.   The
psychology of colors, its knowledge and
application is even being applied to the
design and fttings of trains.  Restrained
shades of blue and green are used to
give travelers the feelings that they are
being carried safely from one place to
another, easing tensions and stress due
to long distance travels. 
To relieve stress and to give your
and to improve your
memory, you might want to
or  study room in gentle shades of green
or blue. For children’s play area however,
help make them
more creative.
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