Color me happy?
Color therapy has been around for 5,000 years, since ancient Egyptians wore colored sacred stones and Hindu healers linked the color spectrum to the body’s seven vital chakras. The theory behind this type of therapy (also called chromotherapy, light therapy and color healing) is that each color’s unique wavelength has a corresponding vibration speed that works to harmonize the brain and body, easing symptoms from mood disorders to lethargy.
Some scientists believe our reactions to colors are ingrained by evolution for survival; others say it’s merely the result of ever-present powers of association (black may make you feel sad, for example, if it reminds you of funerals). Either way, color therapy is practiced around the world. Says June McLeod, an international expert, author of Colors of the Soul and the U.K.’s leading color consultant, “We use colored lights pointed at specific parts of the body, color visualizations, breathing, art therapy and color silks to support well-being.” McLeod believes color does transform lives—and studies may prove it.