We’re still within what John Oliver accepts as the appropriate time frame to be wishing people a Happy New Year, which means it’s still perfectly fine to be discussing New Year’s resolutions and the best ways to stick with them. Everyone’s aware of the usual methods we use to keep to our long term goals: keep a calendar, set smaller, more attainable goals, get rid of or add things into your life that will either help or deter you, etc. If you’re like me, your chosen method is to forgo New Year’s resolutions altogether. But here’s one method you probably didn’t know about: you can use colors to help you achieve your resolutions. Seriously.
According to internationally renowned Color Expert, Kate Smith, “colors can have a direct impact on your emotions, behavior, and mood,” so it makes sense that they could affect any resolution you have that’s related to one of those three things (so all of your resolutions, really). Kate and the research team at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls recently teamed up to identify the eight most common New Year’s resolutions and put together helpful tips on how to use color to achieve each one. You never know: one red dress could be the key to finally figuring out how to save money!
Check out some of Kate’s tips below:
1. If your goal is to get fit and stay healthy…
Kate says to go for red and green! According to her,
“Wearing red will make you more productive when doing an activity as it represents the color of physicality, which stimulates muscular movement and strength. Green will boost your mood and decrease your perception of the exertion level, making you more likely to exercise, and to exercise more vigorously.”
Replace your old yoga pants and ratty tees with some new red and green pieces, or even incorporate those colors into your free weights or yoga mat.
2. If your goal is to spend more time with friends and family…
Kate says yellow and orange are your go-to hues. She says,
“…the colors yellow and orange will help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Yellow makes you feel happier and will stimulate two-way conversations while orange is uplifting, optimistic, and inspires spontaneity. Whether it’s accenting your home with a yellow lamp or orange rug, or setting the dinner party tablescape with these accent colors, using one or both of these colors in your home will encourage people to gather and talk.”
3. If you want to find the one…
Wear red! If this doesn’t sound like a totally surprising pick, it’s because it’s not:
“Red is known as the color for attracting attention but did you know that it can also make you more attractive to others? Surrounding yourself with the appeal-enhancing power of the color of love and romance, may be all it takes to woo someone new.”
Lucky for you, red velvet is a favorite during the colder months, so it shouldn’t be hard for you to find something you love.
4. If you want to lose weight…
Go green, in every sense of the word:
“The color green inspires healthy food choices and triggers you to think of vegetables and fresh foods. Even better, green food on a green plate will encourage you to take larger portions of these nutritious, healthy foods.”
Kate also noted that using a plate of a contrasting color to whatever food you’re eating will encourage portion control. Who knew?
5. If you’re trying to find your passion
Shades of blue supposedly encourage imagination. Kate explains,
“The color blue makes you more imaginative and encourages innovation and risk-taking. Combine soft, muted blues to calm your mind with bright, intense shades that get your creativity flowing. Stimulating the brain will open your mind up to finding a new interest or learning something new.”
Now’s a good a time as any to try that Sephora x Pantone baby blue lipstick, am I right?
6. If your goal is live your best life..
Pick shades of yellow and green! Kate says,
“Yellow and green are colors that help you feel upbeat and balanced. A bright shade of yellow is optimistic and enhances happiness while nature-inspired green is refreshing and encourages harmony.”
Maybe don’t wear them together, though. Just one woman’s opinion.
7. If you want to save money…
If you’re unwilling to just give yourself a damn budget and stick to it, go for wallets in green, gold, and red, as those trigger a certain innate stinginess in all of us. Kate says,
“Color has energy that can trigger your desire to save, and the top colors for this are green, gold and red. Green correlates with growth, wealth and cash, gold relates to building a fortune, abundance, and positive feelings, and red is a color of success, strength and good luck.”
Plus, a gold wallet just looks really, really classy.
8. If you want to get organized once and for all…
Orange and red are your new best friends. According to Kate, it’s all about setting deadlines in 2016:
“Orange and red make you feel like there is an urgent problem that needs to be solved.”
Our guide for girls who need to get their shit together should offer some inspiration.
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2016? Will you be using any of these tips? Tell us in the comments!